The MenEngage Africa Regional Consultative meeting on Children’s Rights, SRHR, LGBTI and Women’s Empowerment was held from 6-8 November 2012 at the InterContinental Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya. At least 39 delegates from national and regional strategic organizations participated in this meeting.
The purpose of the consultative meeting sought to review and strengthen a regional agenda in order to scale up Men Engage work in the region; impact and sustainability of work with men in enhancing gender equality, focusing particularly on strengthening partnerships, shared work and accountability with women’s rights organizations, including positive women’s networks, SRHR, LGBTI, and child rights organizations.
In particular, this meeting sought to build the necessary momentum and collaboration to further advance this work across Africa. This meeting also ensured that the work remains accountable to, and in close collaboration with, a range of partners and organizations, particularly the women’s movement.
Also this meeting provided a road map for scaling up MenEngage activities, the impact and sustainability of work over the next 2-3 years with men and boys on promoting gender equality,
preventing GBV and sexual exploitation, and reducing the spread and impact of HIV and AIDS within
The workshop also identified gaps and good practices in advocating and advancing children’s rights work; plan future activities for Men Engage Africa and explore ways on how to scale up work on male involvement in SRHR with a particular focus on children and young people, LGBTI human rights advocacy and campaigning work as well as women’s empowerment.
This workshop addressed the following key focus areas:
1. Children’s Rights,
2. Male Involvement in SRHR, with a particular focus on children and young people,
3. Enlist and strengthening collaboration with child rights organisations in the region; and
4. Strengthening collaboration with LGBTI rights organisations and other social justice movements.
With continued efforts in strengthening the Men Engage Africa work, the meeting also discussed the MenCare campaign– A Global Fatherhood Campaign being coordinated by Promundo, Sonke Gender Justice and the MenEngage Alliance (MenEngage), as an effort to promote men’s involvement as fathers and as caregivers. The campaign seeks to provide support materials, messages, policy recommendations and research to encourage local MenEngage partners, NGOs, women’s rights organizations, governments and UN partners to implement campaign activities in their settings. MenCare is conceived as a complement to global and local efforts to engage men and boys in ending violence against women and girls. Together with efforts like the White Ribbon Campaign, it is part of the MenEngage Alliance’s global vision to achieve equitable, non-violent relationships and caring visions of what it means to be men. All efforts in taking this work forward seek to ensure that there are strong and coherent national, regional and international networks of civic organisations and activists, who can advocate for, build capacity for and implement work with men and boys for the promotion of gender equality and reproductive health.
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Institutional Sponsors: Sonke Gender Justice, MenEngage Africa, Plan, RFSU, IPPF, MenCare, and African Women’s Development and Communication Network