MenEngage Eswatini seeks to promote collaboration and resource sharing, support joint advocacy initiatives and build capacity on engagement of men and boys in achieving gender equality.
The network has prioritised the following areas of focus:
- Men and ending Gender-Based Violence and Sexual Exploitation
- Men, Sexuality, Sexual Reproductive Health Rights and HIV and AIDS
- Men, Maternal and Child Health
- Men, Fatherhood and Care giving
- Men and Health
The network’s steering committee consists of a tripartite alliance of government, civil society as well as UN agencies which include: The Coordinating Assembly of Non-Governmental Organisations in Swaziland (CANGO), the Gender and Family Issues Unit, the National Emergency Response Council on HIV and Aids , UNDP , UNFPA and Population Services International (PSI).
The network’s objectives are:
- To share best practices in the promotion of men as partners, men as service users and men as agents of change.
- Train gender, women’s and health organizations on networking and coalition-building, to promote gender and SRH/HIV policies and programmes that engage men and boys.
- To participate in, coordinate and/or facilitate networking meetings among coalition member organizations.
- To conduct joint campaigns and activities with other institutions to increase dialogue on the need for policies and programs that support engaging men in the promotion of gender equity, HIV prevention and SRH.
- To provide input into information, education or communication materials developed by network members related to men’s engagement in health and social justice.
- To establish active linkages (local, national and global) to raise men and boys’ voices and action on gender-based violence/VAW.
- To develop a knowledge base on men and masculinity through research and study.
- To campaign to change structural and behavioural barriers to ensure gender justice.
- To provide technical inputs into policy documents or guidelines developed to improve the quality of men, women and couple-friendly HIV and AIDS and sexual and reproductive health services.