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Patrick Zandile Godana

Government and Media Liaison Manager, Sonke Gender Justice

Patrick was born to a working class family in Port Elizabeth, and had to leave the country in the early 80s only to return to be a political activist and be arrested, tortured and sentenced to 5 yers in Middledrift Central Prison where he completed his matric. Since his release he obtained a Bachelor of Theology from UWC, a Higher Diploma in Education from UPE and was ordained as a Lutheran priest in 2004.

In 1998 Patrick co-developed the Men as Partners Programme in South Africa, educating men and boys on Gender and Sexual and Reproductive Health. He Joined Sonke Gender Justice in 2007, coordinating the One Man Can campaign, and co-leading the MenCare campaign. Currently Patrick fulfils the role as Government and Media Liaison Manager for Sonke, leading national campaigns to improve legislation and the justice system towards the emancipation of women in South Africa. 

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