MenEngage Africa Consultation on Child Rights, SRHR, LGBTI and women’s empowerment

Sonke Gender Justice Network and MenEngage Africa will co-convene a regional consultation with key partners to review collaboration to date and to explore ways to deepen our work together. The meeting will take place from 6-7 November 2012, Nairobi, Kenya.  This is a joint strategic partnership initiative between Sonke, The Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (RFSU), African Development and Communication Network (FEMNET), Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL), and PLAN International.

Strengthening the network

This meeting will focus especially on strengthening areas of work and relationships with partners with whom we have already worked but with whom we would like to work more closely. These include  national and regional child rights organisations, the LGBTI sector, and organisations working on sexual and reproductive health and rights in Africa. The meeting will identify gaps in our current work; understand the priorities of children’s rights, LGBTI and SRHR organisations and explore collaborative possibilities. Based on this, we will plan future activities for MenEngage Africa. The meeting will also provide an opportunity to share information about the work of the Learning Centres Initiative, a partnership between Sonke, RFSU and SRHR organisations in Uganda and Zambia and to seek input from our partners on this initiative.

Consultation Objective

  • To review and strengthen a regional agenda for increasing the scale, impact and sustainability of work with men, focusing particularly on strengthening partnerships, shared work and accountability with women’s rights organisations, including positive women’s networks,  SRHR organisations, LGBTI organisations, and child rights organisations.

Expected Outputs

  • A meeting report documenting regional consultative meeting findings between MenEngage country networks and representatives from child rights organisations, women’s rights organisations, LGBTI communities, and SRH organisations, including agreed upon principles and priorities and plans for collaboration at country and regional levels.
  • Strengthened collaboration with child rights, women’s rights, LGBTI, and other social justice movements to explore how best to strengthen collaboration, particularly through MenEngage country networks, and to identify joint projects and activities to scale-up work with men and boys.
  • A clear action plan developed for advancing work on men and partners in SRHR, particularly with children and young people, within the sub-Saharan Africa region.