MenEngage Alliance comes together at the Human Rights Council to advocate for a rights-based resolution on engaging men and boys in preventing violence against all women and girls

At this year’s Human Rights Council Session, MenEngage Alliance carried out coordinated advocacy and lobbying in order to influence the successful adoption of Resolution A/HRC/35/L.15: Engaging men and boys in preventing and responding to violence against all women and girls – tabled by the Canadian government. The resolution was adopted without a vote, with over 83 Member States co-sponsoring the resolution.

MenEngage Alliance-Global Secretariat and members- carried out targeted lobbying with both Geneva based civil society actors, delegations and national government decision-makers from Sweden, the Netherlands, Pakistan, South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Mali, Sierra Leone, Nepal, Brazil, Belize, Ecuador, Germany, Guatemala, Iceland, Ireland, Luxemburg, Monaco, Poland, Romania, El Salvador, Singapore, and Senegal. Prior to this the Alliance also produced a policy brief which was widely circulated in Geneva during this process.

In addition, MenEngage Alliance Co-Chair Abhijit Das, Director-Center for Health and Social Justice (CHSJ) and member Anthony Keedi, Masculinities Technical Lead -ABAAD – presented their work and insights during an expert panel for the Full Day Discussion on Women’s Human Rights, organized by the OHCHR.

This resolution is a milestone in the field of engaging men and boys in gender justice.  It represents the first international policy instrument with fully dedicated text and agreed upon language on engaging men and boys in eliminating VAWG, through a gender transformative lens seeking to address root causes and harmful norms, stereotypes and practices. The resolution calls for the production of a comprehensive report on promising practices to engaging men and boys in ending all VAWG. This document, elaborated by the OHCHR over the next year, with inputs from UN Agencies, Governments and CSOs, will help shape the global discourse on the topic, culminating with a set of recommendations to Member States which will guide the many of them implement policies and approaches to engaging men and boys in VAWG. It is a wonderful opportunity for the MEA to contribute to shaping the global normative framework, as well as to showcase the amazing work being carried out by our members worldwide!

MenEngage Alliance have compiled a detailed report which highlights the coordinated actions of the MenEngage Alliance including a review of processes and outcomes, lessons learned, key political agendas pursued and achieved, reflections on areas of improvement, as well a summary of critical next steps to be taken as an Alliance, following the conclusion of the session.