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Engender's staff and Directors have devoted their lives to strategic interventions about the issues of genders and sexualities, human rights and conflict resolution in order to bring about a better future in South Africa, and a model for other parts of the world.
Vision: To contribute to building equitable, just and nonviolent societies of people in South Africa and elsewhere.
Mission: To achieve the Vision through participatory research and capacity building of communities of people on genders and sexualities, human rights, justice and peace (including conflict resolution).
For us, the actual word Engender has 3 interdependent meanings, which guides who we are as an organisation:
1. Empower: The Oxford English Reference Dictionary defines engender as to give rise to, bring about, generate.
2. Gender: Engender alludes to the notion of gender, an attempt to have us pay more attention to the issues of gender, gender discrimination, gender violence. A silent war is being fought against 50% of the world's population, against women's bodies and souls. No society is at peace while women and children, and some men, are raped and battered, every minute, in every city and village in the world, even as you read this.
3. Fluid and Dynamic: Engender attempts to highlight our assumptions in categorical thinking. For example, that there are only women and men, like black and white, with nothing in between. If you are not heterosexual, you must be homosexual, and that these two poles never shift, never allow for other choices in between.
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An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
There are two ways to meet life; you may refuse to care until indifference becomes a habit, a defensive armor, and you are safe but bored. Or you can care greatly, and live greatly till life breaks you on its wheel
Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Carefully watch your THOUGHTS, for they become your WORDS. Manage and watch your WORDS, for they will become your ACTIONS. Consider and judge your ACTIONS, for they have become your HABITS. Acknowledge and watch your HABITS, for they shall become your VALUES. Understand and embrace your VALUES, for they become YOUR DESTINY. Mahatma Gandhi
Things are not as clear-cut as they seem. They are neither circumscribed nor separated from each other by lines. Lines are drawn in the mind. There are no lines in nature… [Everything emerges] from a matrix of conditions and in turn becomes part of another matrix of conditions from which something else emerges.
Stephen Batchelor, 'Buddhism without
Beliefs'; From 'The Bond Between Women: A
Journey to Fierce Compassion'