Congo Men’s Network (COMEN) is the MenEngage in-country network activities coordinator for the Democratic Republic of the Congo. COMEN is a non governmental organisation based in Goma whose mission is to promote positive masculinities by engaging communities and men toward the prevention and response to gender-based violence and the spread of HIV and AIDS.
Campaigning through 16 Days of Activism 2019
This year, MenEngage DRC joins the rest of the world to commemorate the annual 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign, which starts on the 25th of November (International Day for the Eimination of Violence against Women), and runs until 10th December (International Human Rights Day).
Actions and activities include:
- 29th – 30th November: Conference and debate on boys’ commitment to the prevention of early motherhood, STIs and HIV/AIDS
- 2nd December: Participatory conference on positive masculinity and HIV/AIDS
- 3rd and 10th December: Causes, consequences and prevention measures against sexual exploitation and abuse
MenEngage DRC encourages healthy relations among couples
On the 3rd of March 2016 MenEngage DRC and Congo Men’s Network (COMEN) hosted a session to reconcile estranged couples and couples grappling with getting along with each other, including men and boys who wanted to learn different and improved forms of masculinities. During the session, which was held in Kinshasa, the capital of the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo), men and boys discussed their opinions on: What is a real man? Click here for the full story: http://www.genderjustice.org.za/news-item/menengage-drc-encourages-healthy-relations-among-couples/
COMEN at DRC’s Amani Festival
During February 12-14, MenEngage DRC (COMEN) in partnership with UNFPA-DRC and HANGE NA SIDA, held a community mobilisation event at the Amani Festival, an annual cultural event hosted in the city of Goma, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The main objectives of the mobilisation event was to engage men and boys on positive paternity, non-violent action, positive masculinities and the promotion of sexual reproductive health. Click here for the story: http://www.genderjustice.org.za/news-item/comen%e2%80%ac-drcs-amani-festival/
COMEN video: ‘Mabingwa – The Champions’
Mabingwa “The Champions”, is a movie of change showing work done to promote gender equality, positive fatherhood and non-violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The movie was commissioned by the Congo Men’s Network, one of 17 alliances in the MenEngage Africa network.
Some key achievements
- Community mobilisation, and GBV and HIV and AIDS awareness raising by promoting positive masculinities.
- Working towards strengthening the established national network of men and women in the prevention and response to GBV and all forms of violence and oppression against women and children.
- Research and Policy Advocacy.
- Resource sharing and networking with women’s movements for women’s empowerment and women’s rights promotion.
- Capacity building on positive masculinity, gender sensitive active nonviolence, and peace building.
- Sexuality education to youth and men in communities.
- Community intervention activities through performing arts with women, men and youth on SRHR.
(Photo: UN Photo)