Who We Are

We are a global alliance made up of dozens of country networks spread across many regions of the world, hundreds of non-governmental organizations, as well as UN partners.

MenEngage Alliance members work collectively and individually toward advancing gender justice, human rights and social justice to achieve a world in which all can enjoy healthy, fulfilling and equitable relationships and their full potential.

Through our country-level and regional networks, the MenEngage Alliance seeks to provide a collective voice on the need to engage men and boys in gender equality, to build and improve the field of practice around engaging men in achieving gender justice, and advocating before policymakers at the local, national, regional and international levels.

At global level, MenEngage is governed by a Global Board. The Global Secretariat is based in Washington DC, and sees to the implementation of the Alliance’s strategic priorities and plan. This includes coordinating and overseeing thematic working groups. 

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Global Secretariat staff

 

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Joni van de Sand, Global Coordinator

Joni is a gender expert and cultural anthropologist with an Advanced Masters degree in International Development, having worked on international development cooperation for over 9 years, in networks of women’s rights, LGBTQI and gender justice. She previously worked as senior Policy Officer at WO=MEN Dutch Gender Platform (based in The Hague) from which she brings critical experience as an advocate at the national level and United Nations. She has been engaged in various academic and consultancy research projects and publications, including on network building and feminist organizing; and engaging men in ending Gender Based Violence and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.

Joni has extensive multicultural experiences working or traveling in South Asia (India where she lived for 1 year, Nepal, Bangladesh, Thailand, Laos), the Middle East and Northern Africa (Morocco, Turkey, Iran), Sub-Sahara Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Senegal), Latin America (Nicaragua, Mexico) and the Caribbean (Guadeloupe, Dominica), Europe and the United States. She speaks Dutch, English, and Spanish.

 

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Laxman Belbase, Global Networks Manager

Laxman is a social worker and gender justice activist, with Master of Science degree and more than 12 years’ experience in program development, implementation and advocacy in the field of gender equality, child rights and social justice at national, regional and global levels. Prior to joining MenEngage, Laxman worked for Save the Children Sweden for seven years as Global Gender & Health Advisor, based in Stockholm, and represented Save the Children on the MenEngage Global Governance Board. Laxman is a founding core group member of MenEngage Alliance in Nepal, and has contributed to the strengthening of the Alliance in various capacities at national, regional and global levels, including by coordinating MenEngage Alliance in South Asia (2009-2013).

Having worked with national, regional and global organisations, Laxman brings his multi-cultural experiences to the areas of gender equality, child protection, violence prevention, engaging boys and men for social justice, fatherhood, sexual and reproductive health & rights, comprehensive sexuality education and human rights advocacy across Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

 

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Oswaldo Montoya, Global Networks Associate

Oswaldo is a Nicaraguan psychologist. He is one of the founders of the Men’s Group Against Violence in Managua, which was the first men’s group of this kind in Central America. A former Fulbright grantee, he holds a Master’s degree in Educational and Developmental Psychology from Boston College. For over twenty years he has served as an educator, activist, program officer, researcher, consultant and counselor engaging men and boys in the effort to build a more gender-equitable society free from violence and discrimination.

Oswaldo worked with Puntos de Encuentro, a feminist organization, and with Save the Children, promoting children’s rights. He is the author of several publications and educational manuals, and has contributed to successful educational campaigns, advocacy and alliances to work with boys and men.

Sinéad Nolan, Policy Intern

Sinéad has just graduated with a Master’s degree in International Development from King’s College London, where she specialized in social protection, gender and poverty reduction in Latin America. Prior to this she completed a Bachelor’s degree in European Studies from Trinity College Dublin. She has previously worked as an intern in Trócaire, an Irish International development organization and CrudoTransparente, a Colombian NGO working on human rights and environmental issues related to the oil sector. She has also spent time volunteering in a school in Trujillo, Peru and has travelled extensively around South America, Europe and Asia. She speaks fluent Spanish.

Global Advocacy Coordinator (pending)

 

Global Communications Coordinator (pending)

 

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Abhijit Das, Global Co-Chair

Abhijit Das is Director of the Centre for Health and Social Justice (CHSJ) in India. Das is a medical doctor with 30 years’ experience in grassroots work, training, research and policy advocacy. He is founder member of the alliance on men and gender equality MASVAW. He is also Clinical Assistant Professor of the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of Washington, Seattle, and Convenor of Community of Practitioners in Accountability and Social Action in Health (COPASAH).

Based in New Delhi, CHSJ is a civil society institution working to strengthen accountability of public health systems and health governance through research and advocacy as well as finding ways through which men can engage in addressing gender based violence, contribute to improved sexual and reproductive health and rights outcomes of women and to overall gender justice.

 

Todd Minerson, Global Co-Chair

Todd Minerson is Executive Director of White Ribbon in Canada. Minerson has spent the past 19 years working in gender justice, HIV/AIDS prevention, anti-poverty work, housing and homelessness, and with youth. He has worked on gender-based violence prevention all around the world, and is a member of the UN Secretary General’s Network of Men Ending Violence Against Women, and the UN Women Global Civil Society Advisory Group.