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MenEngage Zambia

Zambia is one of the most highly urbanized countries in sub-Saharan Africa with 44% of the population concentrated in a few urban areas along the major transport corridors, while rural areas are sparsely populated. Unemployment and underemployment in urban areas are serious problems, while most rural Zambians are subsistence farmers.

The Zambia National Women’s Lobby (ZNWL) Men’s Network Project is the coordinator of the in-country MenEngage Network. In the last two years, the Network has been expanding outside Lusaka.

Organisations that are part of the network are:

  • Boys Empowerment International (BEI)
  • Bus and Taxi Association of Zambia
  • Community Support for the Needy (COSUN)
  • Kariba FM
  • Office of the Grand Mufti
  • Planned Parenthood Association of Zambia (PPAZ)
  • Volunteers Welfare for Community Based Care of Zambia (VOWAZA)
  • Young Women Christian Association (YWCA)
  • Young Women in Action (YWA)
  • Zambia National Women’s Lobby (ZNWL)

What do they do

Some of the activities include:

  • Working with men on addressing gender-based violence
  • Training of church leaders on gender equality
  • Advocacy programmes through media engagement
  • Sensitising bus drivers on gender-based violence
  • Working with boys in schools to end violence in schools against girls
  • Holding the Men and Boys Campfire Conferences
  • Networking with the Women’s Movement
  • Holding sessions on HIV/AIDS, SRHR with men

Target group for activities are:

  • Men
  • Boys
  • Church leaders
  • Traditional leaders
  • Bus drivers in the communities
  • Policy makers in government and line government departments

As a result we have seen that:

The sensitisation so far has recorded a reasonable number of unique success stories. For instance the Men and Boys Campfires conferences that are conducted have proved to be popular. Some of the victims of violence have been linked with the Zambia Police Service for prosecution of offenders. The Boys Network has been instrumental in reaching other boys in schools and communities. In schools the Boys Network members have been able to report cases of violence against girls because they have been equipped with knowledge on sexual violence.

News on engaging men and boys in Zambia

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence 2019

Action in Zambia during #16Day 2019 was largely community focussed, seeing dialogues with men on alcohol, drug abuse, and gender-based violence across the country, from Chipata to Mongu to Choma. MenEngage members also supported the Purple Ribbon campaign, and engaged in dialogue with senior chief Mushili on GBV, alcohol, and drug abuse in his chiefdom.

  • 23rd November, Chief’s Palace in Ndola: Dialogue with senior chief Mushili on GBV, alcohol and drug abuse in his chiefdom.
  • 26th November, Chipata (Eastern Zambia): Dialogue with men on masculinity, alcohol and drug abuse, and GBV.
  • 26th November-10th December, Lusaka: Purple Ribbon campaign for SRHR for women and girls
  • 29th November, Mongu: Dialogue with men on masculinity, alcohol and drug abuse, and GBV.
  • 4th December, Choma: Dialogue with men on masculinity, alcohol and drug abuse, and GBV.
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