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The first ‘Masculinities, Leadership and Gender Justice Training Course’ which was held from 20-30 August 2012 at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, aimed at increasing the capacity of organisations and individuals in Sub-Saharan Africa to lead gender justice programmes that engage men as partners and agents of change. Hosted by Sonke Gender Justice Network (Sonke), the MenEngage Africa Network and the Women’s Health Research Unit of the University of Cape Town (UCT), it brought together 23 participants from 13 counties across Africa. Overall, participants found the training extremely useful. They received new information, the objectives were met and the training covered the issues they wanted to know about. The training affected the knowledge, skills, attitudes and practices of the participants. As part of the post-course follow up, mentors and a virtual network were provided to all participants to offer them on-going professional guidance and support beyond the initial training.