South Asia

Introduction to the Regional Alliance

Gender-based violence is an epidemic that destroys human rights, reverses gains in development, empties public coffers and devastates families and communities.  It is a human rights issue.  It is a public health issue, a human development issue and an economic issue.
Despite progress towards gender equality, injustices that disadvantage girls and women, including boys and men, persist in South Asia and continue to undermine democracy, impede development and compromise people’s lives.

Major Activities of the Regional Alliance 

The primary focus of the MenEngage Alliance South Asia is strengthening the Alliance and promoting knowledge sharing, capacity development, and collaboration among the organisations both at the regional and national levels. There have been stronger collaborations between national and regional organisations and agencies, such as IPPF-South Asia Regional office and its associates at the country-level, Partners for Prevention, Care International in Sri Lanka and Nepal, and USAID & GTZ in Nepal. MenEngage Alliance South Asia has a strong partnership with various women’s rights organizations, both as members and partners, at both national and regional levels.

Regional Governance Structure 

There is a two-tiered regional governance structure with a Steering Committee and a smaller Executive Working group. The Steering Committee consists of 3 representatives from each country network (4 at the moment) as decided by the country alliance in respective countries, a representative from the global steering committee and a representative from the regional secretariat.

Here is a PDF of the MenEngage Alliance South Asia Terms of Reference.