DR Congo

Purpose of Activities at country level

Congo Men’s Network (COMEN) is the MenEngage in-country network activities coordinator for the Democratic Republic of the Congo. COMEN is a non governmental organisation based in Goma whose mission is to promote positive masculinities by engaging communities and  men toward the prevention and response to gender-based violence and the spread of HIV and AIDS.

MenEngage DRC encourages healthy relations among couples

On the 3rd of March 2016 MenEngage DRC and Congo Men’s Network (COMEN) hosted a session to reconcile estranged couples and couples grappling with getting along with each other, including men and boys who wanted to learn different and improved forms of masculinities. During the session, which was held in Kinshasa, the capital of the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo), men and boys discussed their opinions on: What is a real man? Click here for the full story: http://www.genderjustice.org.za/news-item/menengage-drc-encourages-healthy-relations-among-couples/

COMEN at DRC’s Amani Festival

During February 12-14, MenEngage DRC (COMEN) in partnership with UNFPA-DRC and HANGE NA SIDA, held a community mobilisation event at the Amani Festival, an annual cultural event hosted in the city of Goma, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The main objectives of the mobilisation event was to engage men and boys on positive paternity, non-violent action, positive masculinities and the promotion of sexual reproductive health. Click here for the story: http://www.genderjustice.org.za/news-item/comen%e2%80%ac-drcs-amani-festival/

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COMEN video: ‘Mabingwa – The Champions’

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Mabingwa “The Champions”, is a movie of change showing work done to promote gender equality, positive fatherhood and non-violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The movie was commissioned by the Congo Men’s Network, one of 17 alliances in the MenEngage Africa network.

Some key achievements

  • Community mobilisation, and GBV and HIV and AIDS awareness raising by promoting positive masculinities.
  • Working towards strengthening the established national network of men and women in the prevention and response to GBV and all forms of violence and oppression against women and children.
  • Research and Policy Advocacy.
  • Resource sharing and networking with women’s movements for women’s empowerment and women’s rights promotion.
  • Capacity building on positive masculinity, gender sensitive active nonviolence, and peace building.
  • Sexuality education to youth and men in communities.
  • Community intervention activities through performing arts with women, men and youth on SRHR.

(Photo: UN Photo)