Since joining the End Conscription Campaign as a high school student in 1985 to oppose Apartheid army violence, Dean Peacock 's work, activism and teaching has focused on gender equality, HIV and AIDS, human rights and social justice. He is co-founder and Executive Director of the Sonke Gender Justice Network, an award winning South African NGO working across Africa to address HIV and AIDS and to promote gender equality, human rights and social justice. He is also co-founder and co-chair of the Global MenEngage Alliance, an honorary senior lecturer at the University of Cape Town's School of Public Health and an Ashoka Fellow. Together with Sonke co-founder Bafana Khumalo he won the 2007 Men's Health Magazine's best man of the year award for commitment to public service. He is a PhD candidate in the Politics Department at the University of Stellenbosch.