Wessel van den Berg is the Child Rights and Positive Parenting portfolio manager at Sonke Gender Justice in Cape Town, a South Africa-based non profit company that works across Africa to strengthen government, civil society and citizen capacity and promote gender equality.
In this capacity he supports Sonke’s work on children’s rights in the Africa region and globally. The portfolio includes the MenCare Fatherhood Campaign and advocacy for positive discipline towards the prohibition of physical and humiliating punishment in all settings.
Wessel has worked within the social change environment on youth development, public health, gender transformation and sustainable development. He holds a Masters degree in Sustainable Development (Cum Laude) and is currently enrolled for a PhD in Sociology at the University of Stellenbosch. His PhD research focuses on the factors that influence men's caregiving in South Africa. He lives in the wine-lands of the Western Cape with his wife Renée and their daughter.