MenEngage Namibia

Namibia lies on the West Coast of Africa, sharing its southern border with South Africa and its northern border with Angola and Zambia. It gained independence from South Africa on 21 March 1990. Namibia has a stable multi-party democracy and approximately 2.1 million residents.

Lifeline/Childline Namibia coordinates the Namibia MenEngage Network country activities .This includes holding consultative meetings with individuals and organizations to build a fully functioning MenEngage country network in Namibia.

Currently, Lifeline/Childline is in the process of establishing a strong country network which seeks to advance work with men and boys for gender equality, the prevention of gender-based violence, and the mitigation of HIV and AIDS in Namibia.

Lifeline/Childline Namibia works across the county to improve the safety, health and resilience of children, families and communities in Namibia.  The organisation provides the following: counselling services; programmes and training which address behaviour change, efficacy and gender equity relating to health, safety and resilience; HIV prevention; child protection and advocacy for zero tolerance of abuse against children and gender-based violence.  It has a key focus on male engagement work.

Lifeline/Childline Namibia is recognised as the main counselling and emotional wellness training provider in Namibia.  The organisation has an experienced and committed Executive Board, 70 full time staff and 72 volunteers.  It is affiliated to, and is an active member of, Child HelpLine International and LifeLine Southern Africa.

Involving men as active parents contributes to gender equality

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As part of last year’s 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, the Office of the First Lady of Namibia, Madam Monica Geingos, in partnership with the daily newspaper, Southern Times, hosted an event targeted at fathers with the theme, “Fathers in today’s context”. The main attraction of the event, which was held in Windhoek on the 28th of November, was a panel discussion, with James Itana, co-ordinator of MenEngage Namibia, forming part of the panelists alongside the founder of Namibia’s Fatherhood Foundation, Karven Isaks, and CEO of Zimpapers Zimbabwe, Pikirayi Deketeke.

During the panel discussion MenEngage Namibia’s Itana highlighted the need to recognise how the socialisation of men and boys greatly contributes to the absence and lack of involvement of men as caregivers and parents. “Increasing efforts to work with men as caregivers and parents can be one of the greatest contributions that can be made to involve men in efforts to promote gender equality”, he said.

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Celebrating Everyday Namibian Heroes: article in the Namibian Weekender Lauds MenEngage Namibia Coordinator James Itana

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