North America

About the North America MenEngage Network (NAMEN)

The North America MenEngage Network (NAMEN) is an umbrella network of community-based organizations and groups, not-for-profits, other non-governmental organizations, institutions, and individuals interested in working with men and boys to promote gender equality in North America.

NAMEN works to achieve the Call to Action set out in the “Rio Declaration of April 3, 2009” at the Global Symposium on Engaging Men and Boys in Gender Equality. We affirm a commitment to end injustices for women and men, girls and boys, and provide them with the means and opportunities to create a better world and to speak out against discrimination and violence.

NAMEN affirms that its work with men and boys stems from and honors the pioneering work and ongoing leadership of women’s rights organizations and movements. We stand in solidarity with the ongoing struggles for women’s empowerment and rights. By working in collaboration with women’s rights organizations, NAMEN members aim to change individual men’s attitudes and practices, and transform the imbalance of power between men and women in relationships, families, communities, institutions and nations.

NAMEN member organizations believe that to achieve transformative and sustainable social change around gender inequalities, we must implement a broad range of social change strategies from small-scale interventions to systemic, large-scale, and coordinated action to achieve gender justice and equity.

Activities of NAMEN include information-sharing, joint training and national, regional and local advocacy. The network develops joint statements of action on specific areas of engaging men, carries out advocacy campaigns and seeks to act as a collective voice to promote a movement of men and boys engaged in and working toward gender equality and questioning violence and non-equitable versions of manhood.

We are dedicated to promoting cultures of masculinities that respect sexual diversity and sexual and reproductive rights of all. NAMEN will actively advocate against, question and seek to overcome, sexism, social exclusion, homophobia, racism or any form of discriminatory behavior. Whenever possible in our activities, programs, and advocacy actions we will seek to explore the intersections between these forms of discrimination and address their impact on gender equality, men’s violence against women, children, and intimate partners, and healthy masculinities.

Membership in NAMEN is open to those individuals and organizations operating in North America with an interest in and commitment to the Network’s vision and goals as described above.

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