MenEngage Governance Board Elects Abhijit Das and Todd Minerson as New Co-Chairs

The Governance Board of the MenEngage Alliance, a global network of nearly 700 organisations working with men and boys for gender equality, elected two new Alliance co-chairs at its recent semi-annual meeting in Istanbul: Abhijit Das, Director of the Centre for Health and Social Justice (CHSJ) in India, and Todd Minerson, Executive Director of White Ribbon in Canada. They will begin their three-year terms on January 1, 2016.

Both members of the Governance Board, Das and Minerson succeed the current co-chairs of the MenEngage Alliance: Gary Barker, International Director of Promundo, and Dean Peacock, Executive Director of Sonke Gender Justice.

MenEngage co-chairs are responsible for ensuring that Governance Board decisions are implemented; advocating for the alliance among partners and other organisations; taking an active role in fundraising for MenEngage; and guiding development of the Board and co-chairing Board meetings.

“The MenEngage Alliance warmly welcomes the election of Abhijit Das and Todd Minerson as its new co-chairs,” said MenEngage Alliance Global Coordinator and Advocacy Manager Joni van de Sand. “We are fortunate to have two leaders recognized for both organisation- and movement-building to help guide our next steps, and we’re confident their vision and deep experience will enable us continue to grow in partnership with other actors in the gender justice movement.”

“Abhijit and Todd are eagerly looking forward to working with the diverse Board and Global Secretariat of MenEngage, on behalf of our nearly 700 NGO members, and in support of our shared vision to realize true gender equality around the world.”

“At the same time, we honor the truly groundbreaking work of outgoing co-chairs Gary Barker and Dean Peacock, known internationally as pioneers in the field of engaging men for gender equality,” van de Sand added. “Simply put, we could not have gotten where we are without their passion, vision, and tireless effort. We will continue to welcome their invaluable counsel as we move forward.”

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.

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.