Masifundise recognises that existing patriarchal and discriminatory gender relations limits and reduces the role of women in social and economic domain. The organisation aims to promote awareness of these unequal gender relations and promote the elimination of all forms of gender discrimination of women through adopting an integrated approach to gender within our work programme. The organisation works with women both separately and together with men in order to achieve this objective.
Masifundise adopts an integrated gender equality approach in our work programme by building local women’s groups as well as mainstreaming gender equality issues in all aspect of community development work. Being committed to gender equality, we have adopted a 50:50 gender participation principle in all our work. Up to now we have successfully achieved this goal, which is illustrated by the fact that half of the Coastal Links leaders are women. Gender analysis is mainstreamed throughout all our work and certain specific interventions target women only.