As many MenEngage newsletter readers will know, Sonke has, together with MenEngage partners across the region, been working since 2010 on a multi-country regional law and policy scan on engaging men. This has been a significant undertaking, with a target of including thirteen African countries in the scan. The policy scan analyses the extent to which policies and laws covering HIV and AIDS, gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive health, parenting and LGBTI contain language relating to the proactive and progressive engagement of men and boys for gender equality.
The findings of the scan are being summarised into individual country reports and published as they are finalised. The thirteen countries forming part of the analysis are the following: Burundi, Cote D’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The scan has now also been expanded to include Malawi and the DRC.
Sonke has undertaken this policy scan on behalf of MenEngage Africa, and in collaboration with MenEngage partners and UNDP and UNFPA country offices, and with the support of UNDP, UNFPA and SIDA, as well as the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women, administered by UN Women. The scan has been carried out in response to the need for a shared policy agenda on engaging men among civil society, and national and regional policy makers. This shared policy agenda is central to scaling up the work of MenEngage and achieving large-scale changes in gender norms.
After lengthy consultation and dialogue with local MenEngage partners and other stakeholders, the finalisation of four policy reports is drawing near. Policy reports for Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia will be printed by the end of year and will be ready for digital and hardcopy dissemination.
Keep an eye on www.genderjustice.org.za and www.menengage.org for their publication!