Frequently Asked Questions

When was MenEngage formed?

2006

Who coordinates the network?

The Alliance is led by a Steering Committee of NGOs and coordinated by Sonke Gender Justice, based in South Africa and Promundo-US.

Is MenEngage a NGO?

MenEngage is not an independent, registered NGO.  Rather it is an Alliance of the above-mentioned members of the Steering and Advisory Committees whose collaboration is governed by a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which sets out the objectives, functioning and core principles of the Alliance.

What do I have to do to become a member?

MenEngage members must be:

  • A registered NGO working in health, violence prevention, social development, gender equality or related area
  • Willing to sign the statement of core principles
  • Willing to fill out a simple questionnaire describing activities (specifically focusing on activities related to engaging men and boys)
  • Willing to have this information made available on the MenEngage website

You can register for membership by clicking here.

Once you are registered we’ll put you in touch with other MenEngage partners to be part of one of the networks according to where you live or work. The regional network may have additional requirements to become an active member.

Does membership cost anything?

No. Your main contribution is your energy, ideas, and commitment to working toward gender equality and engaging men and boys.

Can I join as an individual?

Currently, we only offer organizational membership and not individual membership. Some of our regional networks offer individual membership and you can find out by contacting the coordinator in your region.

What issues do MenEngage work on?

 Our two current campaigns are

  1. Men’s positive involvement in sexual and reproductive health and rights and in maternal and child health.
  2. Involved fathers and caregivers (the MenCare Campaign).

However, we also work to address the following issues:

  • HIV and AIDS prevention and treatment,
  • Preventing and responding to violence against women and girls,
  • Stopping violence against children,
  • Challenging homophobia and advocating for LGBTI rights,
  • Reducing other forms of violence between men and boys,
  • Addressing the role of boys and men in child sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, and trafficking,
  • Efforts to change macro-level policies that perpetuate gender inequalities.

 What does MenEngage do exactly?

Through country-level, regional and global networks, MenEngage 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.

Our networks and partner members promote learning exchanges to build capacities in the work with men and boys, community mobilization and education, local campaigns and networking.

What regions does MenEngage work in?

South Asia, Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, North America, the Caribbean and Europe

Once my organization is accepted as a member, what it is expected from us?

– participate in some joint initiatives or take action in some advocacy or campaign efforts

– participate in conference calls or meetings convened either by the national network (where this exist) or the regional network

– share about your work with men and boys, products, tools, studies, news, etc. and collaborate with other MenEngage partners

– provide and receive feedback regarding this work

– keep each other accountable to effective/transformative interventions with men and boys from a gender justice perspective

– keep each other accountable to be consistent with the values and principles of the Alliance

What does my organization gain by joining this coalition?

By joining MenEngage, your organization becomes part of a larger gender equality movement. You have the opportunity to share your work with a wider audience and the chance to learn from the best practices of other organizations. You will also be eligible to participate in MenEngage trainings and campaigns.

Is MenEngage for men only?

MenEngage is open to people of any gender identity. All of our members are believers in gender equality and most of the organizations do work with boys and men in some way, shape or form. However, we are proud to have traditional women’s rights organizations involved and are working diligently to recruit more LGBT and youth organizations. Anyone who signs onto our core principles can be a member of MenEngage regardless of gender.

Does MenEngage support the groups of men advocating for their rights?

We believe that gender equality benefits men as well as women and we do often highlight these benefits.  However, MenEngage does NOT support ‘men’s rights’ organizations.  We are fundamentally opposed to groups that perpetuate privilege and patriarchy.