Africa

The Global Alliance consists of representatives from each continent. These delegates in turn coordinate the country networks on their respective continents. Sonke chairs MenEngage Africa, which consists of 17 country networks across Africa.

The Alliance falls within the scope of Sonke’s International Programmes Unit, and staff work with partner organizations to build capacity, provide support and strengthen the network. One current project coordinated by Sonke and the Swedish Association of Sexuality Education is the Learning Centre Initiative. The initiative supports project sites in Uganda and Zambia to develop the work of local organizations in engaging men and boys in sexual and reproductive health. Sonke’s role is to provide overall project management and technical support to the sites, as well as to develop skills in communications, advocacy, operations and research and increase the base of theoretical knowledge concerning male involvement.

For more information about MenEngage Africa’s policy advocacy work click here.

MenEngage Africa Newsletter March 2017

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MenEngage Africa bring you their very first newsletter edition of the year 2017!
Filled with updates including initiatives with Monica Geingos, The First Lady of Namibia to create a new breed of fathers who recognise that caring is a prerequisite for dads and also contributes to gender equality, and how partners in Lesotho are promoting gender justice, the latest MenEngage Africa newsletter is just what you need to keep abreast of what MenEngage Africa networks are doing to further gender transformation around the Africa region.

Table of contents

  • Involving men as active parents contributes to gender equality
  • Women, girls assured of safety in new project
  • Say No to Female Genital Mutilation
  • Walk to promote positive masculinities
  • KEMEA member involved in workplace HIV testing
  • UN Women Consultative meeting in Nairobi, Kenya
  • A warm welcome to MenEngage Tanzania’s new co-ordinator!
  • SAfAIDS new host for MenEngage Zimbabwe
  • HIV response needs men & boys

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HIV response needs men and boys

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Engaging men and boys can only work to the advantage of strengthening the effectiveness of efforts to address HIV in our relationships, families, communities and societies. This is the view and experience of MenEngage Africa alliance’s Steering Committee member Dr Lydia Mungherera, executive director of the Mama’s Club, a psycho-social support group that advocates for the elimination of mother-to-child HIV transmission (EMTCT) in Uganda. Click here to listen to her explain to the alliance’s Khopotso Bodibe why it’s important to get men and boys on board as partners – not as causes of the problem – to address and eliminate HIV.

Say no to FGM

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On this World Patient Safety Day, 9th December 2016, we as MenEngage Africa, reaffirm our opposition to all forms of female genital mutilation (FGM). FGM, a practice steeped in “cultural” and “religious” beliefs, continues to hurt and violate girls and women in many parts of the world.

What is of concern is the rising phenomenon of the “medicalisation” of FGM. This refers to the procedure being carried out by a doctor or other member of the health profession, usually at a very high fee on the pretext that they are providing a “better quality” and “safer” operation.

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UN Women consultative meeting in Nairobi, Kenya

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Itumeleng Komanyane, manager of Sonke Gender Justice’s International Programmes and Networks (IPN) unit, which manages the work of the MenEngage Africa Alliance, is joining development agencies and civil society and rights groups for a crucial regional consultation led by UN Women on “Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Opportunities for Promoting Regional Accountability on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment”. Komanyane is part of the meeting in her capacity as vice-chairperson of the UN Women’s regional civil society advisory group for Eastern and Southern Africa.

Held in Nairobi, Kenya, over two days – 8th December and 9th December 2016 – the consultation will focus on working together with regional partners in Eastern and Southern Africa to identify:

  • Common challenges that UN member states have in domesticating and mainstreaming the Agenda 2030 nationally and sub-nationally;
  • Opportunities of providing support to member states to domesticate and mainstream the agenda nationally and sub-nationally;
  • Opportunities for peer-learning and collaboration;
  • Capacity gaps, especially in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment within the framework of the SDGs.

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Commit to ending FGM this World Patient Safety Day

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Tomorrow, 9th December 2016, is World Patient Safety Day and we want to draw attention to female genital mutilation (FGM). An estimated three million girls under the age of 15 undergo the cut annually and between 130 million – 140 million women have undergone the procedure in 29 countries in Africa and countries in the Middle East, Asia, South America and even among diaspora communities in Western countries where it’s largely banned. The practice is a painful operation that involves the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs. Those who practice and support it say it’s for cultural or religious purposes. Unlike in boys and men, where male circumcision has hygienic and health benefits, there are none whatsoever associated with female genital mutilation.

On this day, we would like to once again register our opposition to all forms of female genital mutilation – whether it’s conducted for “cultural” or “religious” reasons and whether it’s performed in the cultural setting or by a health care worker. FGM is a fundamental violation of girls’ and women’s rights, including the right to life, the right to health and the right to bodily integrity. In the absence of any health or medical benefit, it subjects girls and women to health risks and has life-threatening consequences.

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Latest MenEngage Africa newsletter hot off the presses

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Check out the newest issue of the MenEngage Africa newsletter, with stories on MenEngage Africa Manager Itumeleng Komanyane’s submission to the SADC parliamentary roundtable; work to address HIV in the Lesotho prison system; reflections on work by MenEngage Sierra Leone and and by MenEngage Africa Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator Stacy Norman Hector on her advocacy efforts; recaps of the Women’s Health, Empowerment and Masculinities: Policy Advocacy Training; and much more.

Click here for the entire issue.

Let’s fix our own back-yard

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The old saying, “people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones” rings so true for me when thinking through gender dynamics and scope of the work that we do at MenEngage Africa, and our roles to either contribute to advancing the change or unintentionally exacerbating the problem. When thinking through these advocacy efforts, my thoughts always return to these questions: “What can I do?” “What can I change?” “What is in my control?”

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MenEngage Africa membership is growing

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We are pleased to announce the addition of two new country networks to our constantly growing continental alliance. We welcome on board MenEngage Mali and MenEngage Madagascar who recently joined the MenEngage Africa Alliance in August 2016. MenEngage Mali is led by Global Institute for Women’s Empowerment (GIWE) as the country secretariat.

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Striking a balance: Here’s what’s behind SA’s hate speech dilemma

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Busiso Moyo, Policy and Research Specialist for MenEngage Africa, shares his opinions regarding South Africa’s Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill that was released for consultation and public debate on October 24.

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Mpiwa Mangwiro’s story

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So many of us have a story to tell about how and why we got involved in gender justice and human rights work. Mpiwa Mangwiro, Campaigns Specialist for MenEngage Africa, is one of many.

Mangwiro is a human rights advocate who is committed to advancing women’s rights, gender equality and advocating for an African continent where there is recognition of, and respect for, human dignity and equality for all, a continent that is conducive for everyone to realise their full potential.

Find out what inspired her here.

Head of Sonke’s Regional Programmes and Networks Unit honoured at inaugural Change Makers of Botswana awards

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On 20th September 2016, Itumeleng Komanyane, manager of MenEngage Africa and head of Sonke Gender Justice’s Regional Programmes and Networks unit, who hails from Botswana, was among 50 Batswana people under the age of 40 who were celebrated for the work that they do in pursuit of leadership and excellence in the inaugural Change Makers of Botswana awards.

The inaugural awards took place as the country gears to mark 50 years of independent rule.

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MenEngage Africa manager makes submission at SADC parliamentary roundtable

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Congratulations to MenEngage Africa manager and head of Sonke’s Regional Programmes and Networks Unit, Itumeleng Komanyane, for managing to ensure that the role of men and boys in promoting gender equality and justice in the southern Africa region is not overlooked!

Komanyane made a submission in this regard at the SADC Parliamentary round-table, which was held from 7 – 8 September 2016 in Gaborone, Botswana, on addressing the links between gender-based violence (GBV) and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in southern Africa.

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Women’s Health, Empowerment and Masculinities training participants visit Kagisano Women’s Shelter

kagisano-shelterOver its 16 years of existence, Kagisano Women’s Shelter has been a refuge for many women experiencing gender-based violence in the small southern African country of Botswana. The work of the shelter resonates with participants enrolled in the two-week intensive Women’s Health, Empowerment and Masculinities: Policy Advocacy Training that MenEngage Africa is currently offering in Botswana in partnership with Sonke Gender Justice and the UCGHI Center of Expertise on Women’s Health and Empowerment. The almost 30 course participants visited the shelter’s offices to learn first-hand what the centre is about in relation to their training on gender-based violence, power dynamics and masculinities.

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Day 12 of Women’s Health, Empowerment and Masculinities training

mati-training-day-12On September 12th 2016 – Day 12 of the Women’s Health, Empowerment and Masculinities: Policy Advocacy Training – participants learned about resource mobilisation and budgeting.

Guest lecturer, Angelica Pino, the Programmes Director for Community Action & Knowledge Management at Sonke Gender Justice, showed a video that features a series of interviews of grant-makers highlighting the do’s and dont’s of submitting proposals for funding. Some participants indicated that they had at some point in time fell victim of the practice of submitting “thick” proposals, thinking that by so doing they would be guaranteed funding. The video also enabled participants to realise the importance of writing community development language into their proposals. For example, the use of “we” rather than “I” is encouraged to show that the funds requested would not be for their own pockets.

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Day 8 of Women’s Health, Empowerment and Masculinities training

mati-training-day-8Participants in the Women’s Health, Empowerment and Masculinities: Policy Advocacy Training delved into new topics, including positive parenting, sex workers’ empowerment and micro-finance and empowerment, on Day 8 of the course, September 8th 2016.

Guest lecturer Andre Lewaks, the national manager of the MenCare programme at Sonke Gender Justice, kicked off the day and presented on a topic covering work that the organisation is doing to influence policy on, and to promote, positive parenting in South Africa.

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Day 7 of Women’s Health, Empowerment and Masculinities training

mati-training-day-7HIV/AIDS, women and stigma in relation to policy advocacy and gender-based violence, were the focus of sessions held yesterday, 7th September 2016, Day 7 of the Women’s Health, Empowerment and Masculinities: Policy Advocacy Training, which is currently taking place in Gaborone, Botswana.

Guest lecturer, Mathabo Khau, from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University engaged participants on the “taboo” nature of sex talk and the missing discourse of sexual pleasure and desire that often leads to negative myths about sex and sexuality.

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Exploring positive masculinity

September 6th 2016, Day 6 of the Women’s Health, Empowerment and Masculinities: Policy Advocacy Training, saw participants exploring what positive masculinity really is.

The day started with guest facilitator, Bafana Khumalo, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Sonke Gender Justice (Sonke) and co-founder of the organisation, leading a discussion around Men, HIV and Gender Norms. Participants explored issues that lead to men’s low utilisation of health care services – particularly not seeking HIV prevention, care and support services – which often results in more men dying from AIDS-related causes compared to women. While more women are infected with AIDS in Africa, it is estimated that men are 40% more likely to die of AIDS-related opportunistic infections due to their low and, often, delayed uptake of services.

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Roundtable addressing link between GBV and sexual and reproductive health and rights

Today, 07th September 2016, MenEngage Africa manager and International Programmes Manager at Sonke Gender Justice (Sonke), Itumeleng Komanyane, is in Gaborone, Botswana, attending a round-table on addressing the links between gender-based violence and sexual and reproductive health and rights in the SADC region.

This is a very important and strategic meeting for the work of Sonke and MenEngage Africa’s goal of putting gender norms transformation and engaging men and boys for gender justice, on the regional parliamentary platform’s agenda.

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Day 6 of Women’s Health, Empowerment and Masculinities training

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Bafana Khumalo, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Sonke Gender Justice (Sonke) and one of the organisation’s co-founders, joins us a guest facilitator on day 6 of our Women’s Health, Masculinities and Women’s Empowerment: Policy Advocacy Training, which is currently taking place in Botswana’s capital, Gaborone.

He’s leading an important session on Men, HIV and gender norms. There is wide consensus that in order to reach the goal of ending AIDS by 2030, men and boys need to be engaged – and urgently. While women are more likely to get infected with HIV, more men are likely to die of AIDS-related mortality than women. In Africa, it is estimated that AIDS mortality among men is nearly 40% higher than it is among women.

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More participants share why they have enrolled in our Women’s Health, Masculinities and Empowerment training

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Matamela Makongoza (above) works in the area of gender-based violence and reproductive health rights in South Africa. She has recently graduated with a Masters in Research Psychology, with a dissertation titled “Intimate partner violence among young people from Soweto, Johannesburg”.

She says “I believe that attending this course will help me in my efforts to empower young girls and women to be able to stand up for themselves and deal with challenges such as poverty, patriarchy, intimate partner violence and HIV and access to basic needs.”

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Day 5 of Women’s Health, Empowerment and Masculinities training

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The fifth day of our two-week Women’s Health, Masculinities and Women’s Empowerment: Policy Advocacy Training gets underway in Gaborone, Botswana, today, with the course’s first guest facilitator, Dean Peacock, talking to participants about how to make policy advocacy work.

Dean Peacock is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Sonke Gender Justice. His work and activism over the last 25 years has focused on issues related to gender equality, gender-based violence, men and constructions of masculinities, HIV and AIDS, human rights, and social justice. He is also co-founder and co-chair of MenEngage, a global alliance with networks in over thirty countries across the world. In addition, he is an Ashoka Fellow and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Town’s School of Public Health.

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What do you have to do on a daily basis to avoid sexual assault?

nonconforming-actionsThat was the question posed to participants in the Women’s Health, Masculinities and Empowerment: Policy Advocacy Training on its second day, 02nd September 2016.

Participants were asked to divide themselves into groups that identify as women and men and they were required to list all precautionary measures that they have to take in order to reduce their risk of getting sexually assaulted or harassed. Expectedly, the directive resulted in women grouping themselves together and men doing the same. A third group also emerged and they referred to themselves as being non-conforming. These were men who identified themselves as being homosexual. They argued that even though they are men their concerns were not similar to those of heterosexual men, hence, the need to form their own group to articulate their fears when it comes to sexual assault.

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Introducing more of our participants at the Women’s Health, Masculinities and Empowerment course

Tinomuda Chakanyuka describes himself as “a 31 year-old man, employed as a news reporter by the Sunday News newspaper, a weekly publication from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.”

“I have been practicing as a journalist since 2008 and have thus gained considerable experience in the field. Over the years I have developed a keen interest in gender issues, particularly articulating them from a cultural anthropological perspective, where I seek to unpack the intrinsic cultural practices and prejudices and the extent to which they influence the prevailing gender dynamics. It is my strong conviction that my experience can be further enhanced and my career improved, by taking part in this training programme”, he says.

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Meet some of the participants in the Women’s Health, Masculinities and Empowerment Training

Thokozile Budaza is a rape activist working in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. She says “there is a gap with organisations working on rape, gender-based violence (GBV) and gender empowerment for both young women, women, men, boys and girls in the province. I am in the process of setting up an organisation working on these issues. The course will strengthen my ability to engage on the issue, in terms of knowledge, policy and advocacy.”

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Women’s Health, Masculinities and Empowerment

The definition of gender, gender norms and identity formed the basis of lessons and discussions at the opening of the two-week Women’s Health, Masculinities and Empowerment – Advocacy Policy Training, which is currently underway in Gaborone, Botswana, from the 1st until the 14th of September 2016.

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Women’s Health, Masculinities and Empowerment: Itumeleng Komanyane

Here’s another profile of a member of the faculty team of the Women’s Health, Masculinities and Empowerment course that is being taught by MenEngage Africa, Sonke Gender Justice and the UCGHI Center of Expertise on Women’s Health and Empowerment at the Botswana National Productivity Centre, in Gaborone.

Itumeleng Komanyane is one of four core facilitators in the course. She is the International Programme’s Manager at Sonke Gender Justice and oversees Sonke’s work in eighteen countries across East, Southern, Central and West Africa to advance gender equality and address HIV and AIDS.

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When did you first know your gender?

When did you first know your gender? That’s what participants at the Women’s Health, Masculinity and Empowerment: Policy Advocacy Training course were asked earlier today. These depictions show some of their answers.

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Women’s Health, Masculinities and Empowerment: Dr. Paula Tavrow

Here’s giving you some background on the faculty leaders of the Women’s Health, Masculinity and Empowerment: Policy Advocacy Training course that MenEngage Africa, Sonke Gender Justice and the UCGHI Center of Expertise on Women’s Health and Empowerment are currently running at the Botswana National Productivity Centre, in Gaborone, over the next two weeks. First up is the course Director, Dr Paula Tavrow.

Dr Paula Tavrow is the co-director of the University of California’s (UCLA’s) Centre of Expertise in Women’s Health and Empowerment. The centre is driven by the belief that advances in women’s health globally are impeded by poverty, limited access to educational and economic opportunities, gender bias and discrimination, unjust laws, and insufficient state accountability.

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Women’s Health, Masculinities & Empowerment Training 2016 – What is it about?

Taking place in Gaborone, Botswana as from today (1st of September) until the 14th of September 2016, the Women’s Health, Masculinities and Empowerment: Policy Advocacy Training course has attracted almost 30 professionals, trainers and activists from the health, legal, research and human rights disciplines. All have a specific focus on advocating for improvements in women’s health and advancement as well as gender norms transformation and diversity.

Participants have come from diverse nations in the Africa region, including Uganda and Kenya in eastern Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa, Nigeria in West Africa and Zimbabwe, Botswana, Malawi and South Africa in southern Africa.

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Latest MenEngage Africa Newsletter is Out!

Catch the latest edition of the MenEngage Africa newsletter! This edition features a rare and candid conversation between donors and activists and you’ll also read about why young people are the key to sustainable change and the importance of engaging faith leaders on how to prevent gender-based violence in conflict settings, among other news. We hope you’ll enjoy this issue as much as we loved preparing it for you!

Click here for the issue.

For Change to Be Sustainable, We Have to Engage the Youth

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A high school in the northern part of Nyanga, Zimbabwe, would not allow its female students to wear trousers. But within three months of the launch of Changing the River’s Flow, a youth-focused gender norms transformation project, this discriminatory policy was overturned – a small but important victory and evidence of the change occurring as a result of the SAfAIDS, Sonke Gender Justice and Embassy of Sweden project being led by Sonke’s Regional Programmes and Networks Unit Manager, Itumeleng Komanyane, who manages the work of the MenEngage Africa alliance on gender justice.

During the project’s launch at a side event at the 21st International AIDS Conference, which was held in Durban from 18 – 22 July 2016, MenEngage Africa’s co-chairperson, Bafana Khumalo, stressed the importance of working with youth, particularly in a traditionally patriarchal society such as Zimbabwe saying, “We need to look at the underpinnings of what drives the thinking of Zimbabwean society. We need to work with young people. Perhaps you may not be able to change traditional leaders and older people on their attitudes on LGBTQI communities – but you can look at those who are still to come.”

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Rare Discussion of Relationship Between Donors and Activists

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“Sixteen years ago HIV was real. We were all committed. But now things have changed. This is mostly because funding for AIDS has dwindled. To what extent can civil society organisations make donors listen and recommit to funding the AIDS response?”

That was the observation made by Itumeleng Komanyane, manager of Sonke Gender Justice’s International Programmes and Networks unit, which co-ordinates the MenEngage Africa alliance work on gender justice across the Africa region. She was speaking during a lunchtime panel discussion dubbed “A candid conversation between donors and activists committed to social justice” at the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, on Monday, July 18th 2016.

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MenEngage Africa at the 21st International AIDS Conference

The MenEngage Africa Alliance will join nearly 20 000 AIDS activists, researchers and policy makers from around the African continent and many parts of the world for the 21st International AIDS Conference, which will be held in Durban next week.

The Alliance recognises that much progress has been made since the early days of the HIV and AIDS epidemic, but we are also cognisant of the challenges that still lie ahead.

Millions of people in the developing world still do not have access to treatment, rates of HIV transmission are increasing in many parts of the world – especially in sub-Saharan Africa, gender inequalities and gender-based violence still put women at risk of HIV infection, HIV testing and treatment services do not reach the majority of men and boys leading to high mortality rates for the infected.

Prevention efforts – particularly targeting the youth – need to be strengthened. This must include a comprehensive sexuality education programme (CSE) targeting young people both in school and out of school. Such efforts contribute enormously in the HIV response as young people empowered with correct information generally take correct decisions about their lives. Related to this, must include all efforts to keep girls in school as evidence shows that this contributes positively in ensuring that they are not exposed to HIV.

Governments across the world routinely disregard or violate the rights of women and key populations such as the LGBTQI community that are criminalised in many parts of Africa. We welcome the new resolution by the UN Human Rights Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI). More work still needs to be done in this area.

The MenEngage Africa Alliance, together with our partner organisations, will present our work and participate in activism to insist that our governments, donors, corporate sector partners, and UN agencies deliver on their mandate and commitments to fund and implement effective prevention programmes, make sure that all who need treatment have it and respect and advance the rights of all.

We invite you to come join us in our many activities at the conference. Come support the call for renewed commitment and action in the HIV and AIDS response!

Click here for a timetable of events MenEngage Africa will be involved in.

GBV in Conflict Settings

During the recent 22nd commemoration of the Rwanda genocide, MenEngage Africa held a workshop on the role of faith-based leaders in conflict and post-conflict settings. The theme focused on addressing sexual and gender-based violence during and post conflict, and the aim was to sensitise MenEngage Africa partners and faith leaders to be advocates in preventing and responding to sexual and gender-based violence in conflict settings. The meeting was held in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, from 18 – 22 April 2016, and was attended by MenEngage Africa alliance partners and faith leaders based in the Great Lakes region, which is currently characterised by conflict. MenEngage Africa’s Communications Officer, Khopotso Bodibe, spoke to some of the participants and produced this vox-pops feature.

Click here for the audio file from the workshop.

 

Applications for MATI’s 2016 Women’s Health, Empowerment, and Masculinities: Policy Advocacy Training Course Now Open:

MATI Course September 1st-14th, 2016 in Gaborone, Botswana

Sonke Gender Justice, MenEngage Africa and the Center of Expertise in Women’s Health and Empowerment are offering an intensive, interdisciplinary short course, teaching participants how to build women’s empowerment and gender norms transformation into health policy advocacy activities to maximize their effectiveness.

Click here to apply.

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The May 2016 issue of the MenEngage Africa newsletter is out! With stories on an April workshop addressing violence against women and girls in post-conflict settings; a high-level meeting on conflict areas in the Great Lakes region; an initiative providing provide sanitary towels and underwear to school girls in Nairobi; a collaboration between Kenya MenEngage Alliance and faith-based organizations to sensitise religious leaders on the prevention of domestic violence, women’s empowerment and male involvement in issues of gender transformation – and much more!

Click here for a link to the issue.

Responding to Conflict and Sexual & Gender-based Violence in the Great Lakes Region

MenEngage Africa (MEA), an alliance of organisations working with men and boys to promote gender equality in the Africa region, and the Rwanda Men’s Resource Centre (Rwamrec), are concerned about conflicts in the Great Lakes region and the use of sexual violence targeting women and girls in these conflicts.

The two organisations are, today, Friday 22nd April 2016, from 09h00 a.m. – 13h00 p.m., hosting a high-level meeting comprising of representatives of the government of Rwanda, led by the Minister of Gender and Family Promotion, Ms. Diana Gashumba, United Nations agencies, international and civil society organisations operating in the Great Lakes region and from across Africa to focus on the need for governments and civil society to work together to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence in the region.

In particular, the meeting focuses on the need to fast-track engagement on the implementation of the United Nations Security Council’s Resolution (UNSCR) 1325. The Resolution describes the process of facilitating peace-building negotiations, and calls for the meaningful inclusion of all stakeholders, including women, which involves a focus on the prevention of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).

The Resolution was passed in 2000 following recognition that in past and present conflicts the world over, sexual violence is often used as a weapon of war and women are the worst affected.

During war, they often become targets of sexual violence, men and children may be killed – leaving them to pick up the pieces of rebuilding their families and communities often without support, and they are themselves the majority of casualties of war. Women make up 80% of those who have to flee their homes.

The overall objective of the meeting is to engage in a reflection and information-sharing exercise on peace and security, women and children’s rights and appropriate response mechanisms in line with national, regional and international frameworks.

 

To read the full statement, click here. 

 

The Role of Faith-based Organisations (FBOs) in Conflict and Post-Conflict Intervention: A MenEngage Africa Workshop

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MenEngage Africa recently hosted a workshop in Kigali, Rwanda, on the role of faith-based organisations (FBOs) in conflict and post-conflict intervention. Follow the the workshop progress by checking out the articles below.

Workshop addressing violence against women and girls in conflict and post-conflict settings in Africa
Day 2 of MenEngage Africa workshop on GBV in conflict and post-conflict settings
MenEngage Africa workshop on GBV in conflict and post-conflict settings moves another gear
Final day of MenEngage Africa workshop on gender equality in Rwanda

MenEngage Africa March 2016 newsletter

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March 2016 issue of the MenEngage Africa newsletter is out! With stories on a soccer tournament used to challenge GBV, annual meetings during the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign, and more!

Click here for a link to the issue 

MenEngage Africa November 2015 newsletter

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The November 2015 issue of the MenEngage Africa newsletter is out! With stories on September’s Masculinities and Empowerment: Advocacy and Leadership Training course, the United Nations special Summit on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a Religion, Gender and Sexuality workshop, and more!

Click here for a link to the issue

MenEngage Africa June 2014 newsletter

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The June 2014 issue of the MenEngage Africa newsletter is out! With news on MenEngage’s post-2015 development agenda, LGBTI rights and sexual and reproductive health, MenEngage Africa’s Training Initiative (MATI) training courses in Cape Town, and more!

Click here for a link to the issue

MenEngage Africa June 2013 newsletter

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The June 2013 issue of the MenEngage Africa newsletter is out! With stories on the development of a scorecard on GBV Laws and Policy in Africa, the launch of the Africa UNiTE Campaign, and more!

Click here for a link to the issue