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Wessel Van Den Berg

PhD Student in Sociology, Stellenbosch University

Wessel van den Berg is the father of two young children and works as the Research, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager at Sonke Gender Justice. Key projects that he has contributed to include the MenCare Global Fatherhood Campaign, the State of South Africa’s Fathers report series, advocacy for the prohibition of corporal punishment in all settings, and the promotion of gender equal parental leave. His career is focused on men’s contribution to childcare work. He has worked work as a kindergarten teacher, counsellor, researcher and activist. He holds a Master’s degree in Sustainable Development and is currently completing a PhD in Sociology at the University of Stellenbosch. His doctoral study is about the cultivation of a feminist ethic of care among men in South Africa.


  • –present
    Child Rights and Positive Parenting portfolio manager at Sonke Gender Justice , Stellenbosch University