The Republic of Zimbabwe is a landlocked country located in the southern part of the African continent, between the Zambezi and Limpopo rivers. It is bordered by South Africa to the south, Botswana to the southwest, Zambia and a tip of Namibia to the northwest and Mozambique to the east. Zimbabwe has three official languages: English, Shona and Ndebele.
Zimbabwe began as the British self-governing colony of Southern Rhodesia, created from land held by the British South Africa Company.
Padare /Enkundleni Men’s Forum on Gender is the coordinator of the Zimbabwe in-country MenEngage Network. Padare/Enkundleni is a movement of men advocating for gender justice in Zimbabwe that operates in both rural and urban settings of the country. The organisation targets men in all settings i.e. workplaces, rural communities, schools and tertiary institutions. It operates through the formation of what referred to as Male Chapters and networks and uses approaches such as communication and networking, institutional development, lobbying and advocacy within the framework of the social theory behaviour change models.
The organisation also uses the multi stakeholder action dialogue approach in confronting challenges related to the attainment of gender justice. Padare /Enkundleni strive to encourage men to practically demonstrate their embrace of gender justice through personal and group actions.
Various organizations operating in Zimbabwe are part and parcel of the in country MenEnngage network and these include:
- Padare /Enkundleni Men’s Forum on Gender, the coordinator
- African Fathers Initiative
- Ecumenical Support Services (ESS)
- Zimbabwe African Fathers for Peace
- Students And Youths working on reproductive Health action Team (SAYWHAT)
What they do
Some of the activities include:
- Engaging men and boys to address issues of male violence against women
- Enhancing the capacity of traditional leaders and religious leaders in strengthening socio-cultural practices that promote gender equality in Zimbabwe.
- Carrying out community sensitization workshops, trainings and dialogues on positive masculinities, male violence against women, Sexual reproductive and health rights and HIV.
- Working with young boys through schools programmes in ending violence in schools specifically against girls.
- Advocacy programmes through media engagement
- Engaging , partnering and Networking with Women’s only organizations that work on the areas around women empowerment and gender based violence work
- Engaging men to be involved in prevention of mother to child transmissions of HIV Programmes thus trivializing the chances of new infections in babies
- Men’s indaba’s
Purpose of the activities
- To strengthen the men’s movement to redefine masculinities
- To promote the transformation of cultural institutions and practices
- To deal with patriarchy, Gender based violence and HIV and AIDS particularly in the rural areas.
- To promote students protection against HIV and AIDS through education on sexual reproductive health rights issues
- To promote gender equal relationships between boys and girls and protection of children against child abuse at schools and in home
Target group for activities are:
- Church leaders
- Traditional leaders
- School teachers and headmasters
- Policy makers in government and line government departments
Padare/Enkundleni Men’s Forum on Gender