MenEngage Africa Training Initiative

Sonke Gender Justice and the University of Cape Town are excited to announce the first MenEngage Africa Training Initiative, taking place in August 2012.

What is the MenEngage Africa Training Initiative?

The MenEngage Africa Training Initiative is a 10 day residential course with the overall goal of increasing the leadership capacity and advocacy skills of men and women as gender justice advocates in Africa. The initiative seeks to create a network of future leaders who will scale up work in engaging men and boys for gender equality, HIV prevention and responding to sexual and gender-based violence.

The MenEngage Africa Training Initiative will work regionally to increase the capacity of organisations and individuals to lead gender justice programmes that engage men and boys in gender equality and as agents of change in their home countries. Each applicant will submit an innovative Project for Change for gender justice (including work with men and boys) for their organisation. A mentorship programme will be set up to support this work after the course.

Participants will have an opportunity to critically reflect on issues relating to gender and the future of gender advocacy in Africa, which includes involving men and boys. They will also critically reflect on their own projects to ensure greater and more systematic engagement of men and boys for gender equality.

The 10 day course incorporates a mix of thematic and skills building sessions, a site visit and daily opportunities for self reflection. Some of the workshop modules include: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, LGBTI, Fatherhood, Children’s rights, Policy Advocacy, and Research Skills.

When and where will this take place?

The training will take place in Cape Town, South Africa from 20 August – 30 August 2012. 

By Lucinda van den Heever

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