(October 2011) This 40-minute documentary was born out of the October 2009 MenEngage Africa Symposium in South Africa. The film focuses on four men and women from Africa who have struggled against gender-based violence, the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and the impact of conflict and civil war.
Dean Peacock is co-founder and co-director of the Sonke Gender Justice Network, a South African NGO working across southern Africa on issues related to gender, HIV and AIDS, and human rights—especially through the implementation of its One Man Can Campaign. His work and activism over the last twenty years have focused on issues related to men, constructions of masculinities, health, and social justice. In 1985 he joined the End Conscription Campaign to oppose Apartheid army violence and later worked with homeless youth in Managua, Nicaragua, and with perpetrators of domestic violence in jails and community settings in San Francisco. Dean currently serves on the UNAIDS Global Task Force on Women, Girls, Gender Equality, and HIV and the UN Secretary General’s Network of Men Leaders. His writing has been published in many books and peer reviewed journals including The Lancet, The Journal of AIDS, the American Journal of Public Health, the International Journal of Men’s Health and the Journal of Men and Masculinities. In addition to his work at Sonke Gender Justice, he is co-founder and co-chair of the MenEngage Alliance, a part-time member of the University of California at Los Angeles Program in Global Health, and part-time faculty member at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine based at the Gender, Violence, and Health Centre.