I am Siphokazi Dyani, and I identify as a woman. I work at Sonke Gender Justice in Cape Town, Western Cape, where my role is to support and coordinate a control research study on a programme to empower adolescent boys and girls on health, social, educational and economic assets, and in also shifting gender norms and attitudes among adolescents. I am passionate about gender equality; I believe that we need to educate young girls and boys about gender transformation to shift gender attitudes and norms, and encourage positive behaviour. I run an after-school programme known as Girls Achieve Power (GAP YEAR) for 13-15 year olds, where we engage in discussions and creative activities four times a week with both young girls and boys on Sexual Reproductive Health Rights. It is regularly attended by 50 boys and 100 girls.
I see myself working in the Health Sector focusing on public health.
I am hoping to do a Master’s degree in Public Health next year; I would like to focus on the health of adolescent boys and girls, and look at the challenges of accessing health services through public health.