MenEngage Namibia

Namibia lies on the West Coast of Africa, sharing its southern border with South Africa and its northern border with Angola and Zambia. It gained independence from South Africa on 21 March 1990. Namibia has a stable multi-party democracy and approximately 2.1 million residents.

Lifeline/Childline Namibia coordinates the Namibia MenEngage Network country activities .This includes holding consultative meetings with individuals and organizations to build a fully functioning MenEngage country network in Namibia.

Currently, Lifeline/Childline is in the process of establishing a strong country network which seeks to advance work with men and boys for gender equality, the prevention of gender-based violence, and the mitigation of HIV and AIDS in Namibia.

Lifeline/Childline Namibia works across the county to improve the safety, health and resilience of children, families and communities in Namibia.  The organisation provides the following: counselling services; programmes and training which address behaviour change, efficacy and gender equity relating to health, safety and resilience; HIV prevention; child protection and advocacy for zero tolerance of abuse against children and gender-based violence.  It has a key focus on male engagement work.

Lifeline/Childline Namibia is recognised as the main counselling and emotional wellness training provider in Namibia.  The organisation has an experienced and committed Executive Board, 70 full time staff and 72 volunteers.  It is affiliated to, and is an active member of, Child HelpLine International and LifeLine Southern Africa.


Building on Solid Foundations

In October 2017 Sonke Gender Justice and Men Engage Africa hosted the Five Days of Gender Based Violence Prevention Meeting in South Africa. The purpose of the meeting was to share ideas, exchange promising practices, collect evidence that can strengthen collective advocacy and develop innovative ideas on “mainstreaming” violence prevention.

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Meet MenEngage Namibia’s new coordinator

MenEngage Namibia has just added a new member to the family. Tangeni John Ilovu joins the Namibia network as its new co-ordinator. Ilovu brings with him an enthusiasm that will help propel the work that the network has already started to greater heights.

“I am and I always will be a manufacturer of knowledge and an agent of change. I am a self-starter who is stimulated by intellectual contestation of ideas, debates and discourses. I am a self-motivated and highly principled individual. I live my life as an example to other young people and see my role in society as that of being an exemplary leader. I am a vibrant, inquisitive, diligent, and independent-minded being with a strong ability of influencing others”, he says, describing himself.

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Involving men as active parents contributes to gender equality

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As part of last year’s 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, the Office of the First Lady of Namibia, Madam Monica Geingos, in partnership with the daily newspaper, Southern Times, hosted an event targeted at fathers with the theme, “Fathers in today’s context”. The main attraction of the event, which was held in Windhoek on the 28th of November, was a panel discussion, with James Itana, co-ordinator of MenEngage Namibia, forming part of the panelists alongside the founder of Namibia’s Fatherhood Foundation, Karven Isaks, and CEO of Zimpapers Zimbabwe, Pikirayi Deketeke.

During the panel discussion MenEngage Namibia’s Itana highlighted the need to recognise how the socialisation of men and boys greatly contributes to the absence and lack of involvement of men as caregivers and parents. “Increasing efforts to work with men as caregivers and parents can be one of the greatest contributions that can be made to involve men in efforts to promote gender equality”, he said.

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Celebrating Everyday Namibian Heroes: article in the Namibian Weekender Lauds MenEngage Namibia Coordinator James Itana

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Working with churches to reduce intimate partner violence in Namibia

In exile, Jesus wept – this biblical quote says to me that it’s okay for men to cry,” said Rheinholdt Kharigub of the Catholic Men’s Association and Parish Council in Windhoek, Namibia. Such insights came to Rheinholdt as he, along with eight other representatives of various religious denominations, attended a 3-day intimate partner violence (IPV) training convened by MenEngage Namibia (MEN) in February 2017.

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