MenEngage Africa (MEA) is the regional network of MenEngage Global Alliance, and is made up of 22 country networks spread across East, South, West and Central Africa, with over 300 non-governmental organisations at grass-root, national and regional levels.
MEA members work collectively toward advancing gender justice, human rights and social justice in key thematic areas including Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), gender-based violence (GBV) & HIV prevention, Child Rights and Positive Parenting and in promoting peace on the continent.
Sonke Gender Justice (https://genderjustice.org.za/), an organisation that works across Africa to strengthen government, civil society and citizen capacity to promote gender equality, prevent domestic and sexual violence, and reduce the spread and impact of HIV and AIDS, is the Secretariat of the Alliance.
MEA’s highest decision-making organ is the annual general meeting (AGM) which sits once annually. The Alliance is governed by a Steering Committee that is elected by the AGM, made up of sub-regional representatives, strategic partners representing organisations working in the MEA thematic areas and representatives of key constituencies for Youth, Women’s Rights and LGBTIQ persons.
MEA members implement joint advocacy programmes at national level with their governments, regional level with Regional Economic Communities (RECS) and at international levels at various platforms on the MEA thematic areas.
The Alliance works to build the capacity of gender justice cadres through the MenEngage Africa Training Initiative (MATI), which offers an annual tailor-made short course programme through partnerships with various universities. The vision for MATI is to build a dynamic, vocal and visible network of leaders and gender justice advocates that will drive the gender equality and human rights agenda on the African continent.
So far, the MATI course has been hosted by University of Cape Town, Nairobi University, University of Botswana and University of Pretoria. In recent years the MATI partnered with University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Global Health Institute, merging the UCLA “Women’s Health and Empowerment course”, with the MATI focusing on transforming Masculinities.
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New Steering Committee for MenEngage Africa selected
At the just-ended MenEngage Africa Alliance Annual General Meeting, a new Steering Committee was elected. The new Steering Committee members selected are 11 in total. They comprise of seven representatives from individual MenEngage Africa country networks, namely Uganda, Mali, Zambia, Botswana, Sierra Leone, DRC and Tanzania. The four remaining seats have been taken up by representatives from Plan International and Athena network who represent our strategic partners, a representative from Sonke Gender Justice, the Alliance Secretariat and a young person from Liberia, representing MEA Youth structure.