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 Director

Joni is a women’s rights and gender expert with a Masters degree in Cultural Anthropology & Non-Western Sociology, and an Advanced Masters degree in International Development. She has been working in international development and human-rights based advocacy for over 10 years, in networks of women’s rights, LGBTQI and gender justice. Before joining MenEngage Alliance she worked with WO=MEN Dutch Gender Platform, from which she brings critical experience in lobby and advocacy at the national level and the United Nations. She has been engaged in academic and applied research, 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.

 

Jennifer Rodriguez Bruno, Global Advocacy Coordinator

Jennifer obtained her B.A. in International Development Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with regional specializations in Latin America and Africa. She is currently a Masters in Sustainable Development candidate specializing in Development Management from the University of London, SOAS. Over the years, Jennifer has worked advocating for women’s rights and empowerment, refugee rights and environmental rights. A native of Spain, she gained her professional field experience through living and working in Latin America for four years.

Jennifer offers strategic leadership, campaign and advocacy experience in movement building in support of gender equality and new masculinities, arising from her Coordination of the National HeForShe Campaign with UN Women Paraguay. She worked in direct coordination with the MenEngage Alliance, having organized and co-facilitated a National Capacity Building Series in order to promote and advocate for the implementation of new masculinities programing and research in Paraguay. Prior to her work with UN Women’s National Paraguay office, Jennifer was an advocate for the integration of masculinities programing in primary education as a Development Specialist with the United States Development Agency – Peace Corps

 

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Magaly Marques, Global SRHR Coordinator

Magaly is a feminist and gender expert with extensive experience in sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Magaly completed her graduate studies in Philosophy at the Catholic University of São Paulo in Brazil, where she lectured for several years. She has been involved in the Latin American regional SRHR movement, and has served in technical and leadership roles in SRHR organizations and networks in Latin America and the United States. Prior to joining the global secretariat of MenEngage Alliance, she served in the North American MenEngage Network (NAMEN) Steering Committee for two years and helped develop its current strategic plan, and served on Promundo’s Board of Directors for six years. Magaly’s professional work includes the development of Promundo’s Manhood 2.0 program and the gender and rights-based sexuality education curriculum (SEI) at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. Throughout her international experience, Magaly was instrumental in strengthening different networks and collaboratives. At the International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region, she strengthened capacity of member associations in gender and empowerment of women; at the MacArthur Foundation’s Reproductive Health Program, she supported local women’s health networks in Brazil; at the Pacific Institute for Women’s Health, she managed the coordination of the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception (ICEC), a pioneer network of organizations of which PIWH was a founder. Magaly has published articles in sexual and reproductive rights journals, and has served in various advisory groups.

Magaly offers technical and strategic planning assistance in program development, organizational planning and capacity building in SRHR, stemming from her strong skills in linking SRHR and gender equality promotion from an intersectional perspective.

 

 

Alvin Findlay, Finance & Operations Assistant

 

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Sinéad Nolan, Programs Assistant

Sinéad 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.

 

 

Tom Hornbrook, Communications/Website Project Coordinator

Tom combines experience in both corporate and non-profit communications with an academic and activist background in gender related issues. He holds a Master’s degree in Gender Studies from Utrecht University and a postgraduate certificate in International Development from the University of Edinburgh. He has been working in communications since 2010, including two years leading the marketing and fundraising team for a small Peruvian NGO. When he is not doing communications, Tom works with Good Lad Initiative coordinating and delivering a program of workshops discussing gender with young men in his home country of the UK.

 

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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.

 

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Humberto Carolo  Global Co-Chair

Humberto Carolo is the Executive Director at White Ribbon Canada. He is a gender-based violence prevention specialist with over 18 years’ experience in not-for-profit sector with expertise in gender equality, human rights, HIV/AIDS, education, community development, research, social marketing, strategic planning, and multi-sectoral partnerships. He has strong cross-cultural experience in developing and overseeing large-scale, multi-national programs and strategies involving diverse stakeholders in multiple sectors. Humberto’s current work is focused on developing educational strategies to engage men and boys in promoting gender equality, healthy masculinities, and preventing violence against women. This includes strategic program development and evaluation at the local and international level; research; technical assistance and capacity building; resource and campaign development; and fostering new partnerships.