MenEngage Madagascar was formed recently in 2016 in the huge island nation off the south-east coast of Africa.
Capacity Building for Communities (C-for-C) acts as the Secretariat for the network, whose focus is to get men involved in fighting violence against women. The network’s goal is to turn as many boys and men as possible into behaviour change agents that act as role models for others to stem the tide of gender-based violence and to encourage healthy relations between men and women in communities.
The network mobilises men and boys to advocate for non-violence through the following activities:
- Raising awareness to end violence and promoting “positive masculinities” to encourage behavioural change
- Advocating for positive correctional measures for perpetrators of violence.
- Supporting behavioural change, counselling and reintegration efforts for perpetrators of violence.
- Organising workshops for reflection and consultation with other partners involved in the fight against gender-based in Madagascar.
- Conducting awareness campaigns in communities.
- Working with the media to sensitise communities and general society about gender-based violence and its impacts.
- Conducting mass campaigns, including media campaigns, about Malagasy laws and a culture of nonviolence.