Itumeleng (Tumie) Komanyane is the Regional Programmes Unit Manager at Sonke Gender Justice. Tumie has more than 15 years experience working on health and human rights. Her work has focused on social justice, gender equality, HIV/AIDS and sexual reproductive health and rights, women’s rights, masculinities, youth leadership and community development.
At Sonke, she initially coordinated a multi-country project funded by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women which focused on increasing support amongst men and boys for the full implementation of laws and policies intended to address GBV in Kenya, Rwanda and Sierra Leone. More recently she coordinates the MenEngage Africa Alliance, working with dozens of civil society organisations across the continent. In this capacity, she has spearheaded the development and implementation of the prestigious MATI course, and leads much of Sonke’s regional policy advocacy work with SADC, African Union and the SADC Parliamentary Forum.
She is also the vice chair of the Regional UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group. She is a fellow of the Australian Aid Fellowship programme and one of the top forty under 40 changemakers in Botswana.