MenEngage in Nepal
In Nepal, the MenEngage Alliance was formed in 2007 following the regional consultative meeting of MenEngage in ending violence against women. It is a network of people and organizations that are committed to play their part in achieving gender equality, ending gender based violence and addressing masculinities.
Since its inception, males from all settings have joined hands together, with women and girls, as part of the White Ribbon Campaign and 16 Days of Activism on ending VAW. It has been instrumental in engaging all people, especially boys and men from all sectors of society, to discuss several issues about domestic violence, guidelines developed by the people working in dance bars, cabin restaurants and massage parlours and demystifying masculinities, etc. On 25th November 2009 the Prime Minister of Nepal announced 2010 as the year to End Violence against Women, in which MenEngage Alliance Nepal played a crucial role in the approach of engaging boys and men to support the campaign.
Critical strategic issues
MenEngage Alliance in Nepal has identified the following 5 major critical issues that the Alliance will focus on during its current strategic period:
- Gender-based Violence (GBV)/Violence against Women (VAW)
- Low caregiving by men
- Traditional malpractices
- Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR)
- Low participation of women in public spaces
Creating a just society where men and women have equal rights, opportunities, freedom and space to achieve their full potentials
Be instrumental in achieving gender equality while eradicating GBV engaging boys and men, along with women and girls.
Boys and men, along with women, girls and people of all gender identities and sexual orientations, from various settings challenge stereotypical gender norms and adopt more equitable attitudes and behaviours to attain their rights and end GBV.
The members of the alliance agreed upon the following objectives of the alliance in the area of working with boys and men in gender equality and violence prevention.
- To create a critical mass of boys and men committed to gender equality
- To enhance the understanding of violence, patriarchy and masculinity
- To build capacity of various stakeholders
- To strengthen institutional linkages and networking among like minded organizations
- To increase joint collaboration in conducting research on men and masculinities
- To facilitate policy dialogues
- To foster knowledge and resource sharing
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