Second MenEngage Africa Symposium


Second Menengage Africa Symposium
Maputo, 23 to 27 April 2018

Partnerships for Gender Justice in Africa

On behalf of MenEngage Africa, Rede HOPEM and the Eduardo Mondlane University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (UEM-FLCS), are more than delighted to invite you to submit abstracts, attend and register for the Second MenEngage Africa Symposium, it’s largest flagship event, to be held on 23 and 27 April 2018, at the University Eduardo Mondlane main campus, in Maputo, Mozambique.

Dubbed the Maputo Symposium, the event will highlight and celebrate important transformative interventions undertaken by MenEngage Africa member countries networks and gender activists working with men and boys in the promotion of gender equality and the human rights of women and girls in the region.

The objectives of the Maputo Symposium are to:

  • Share evidence of impact, resources and practices related to work with men and masculinities for the promotion of gender equality in the continent;
  • Stimulate conversations, relationships and collaborations around gender transformative approaches between academics, activists, experts, and practitioners from different disciplines;
  • Strengthen regional political dialogue about masculinities and accountability to women, LGBT and other socially repressed groups, including follow up of international commitments;
  • Strengthening participants’ ability to adopt and implement multi-pronged approaches on tackling gender inequalities, development and human rights at policy, programme and service provision levels;
  • Develop a unified regional vision on the gender transformative approaches to engaging men and boys in transforming masculinities and supporting women’s empowerment, within the scope of sustainable development goals.

Speakers from around the continent and rest of the world — including youth activists and gender and masculinities experts — will convene activists, policy makers, service providers and researchers working on gender, HIV, health, development and human rights to address issues such as Violence, Health and well-being, Poverty, social exclusion and work, Care, relationships and emotions, Sexuality and identities, Conflicts, peace strengthening, social justice, and Construction of masculinities in the continent, as well as produce clear country and region specific plans of action.

Abstracts can be submitted in English, French and Portuguese

Abstract review closing date – 28 February 2018

We are interested in abstracts on innovative projects and/or interventions. Your abstract should tell us how your original project/presentation/research will add value to the symposium, will meet the symposium theme. Abstract should not exceed a max length of 600 words in Calibri font, size 12. Remember that an abstract should present your project/intervention essential elements and their relevance to the Symposium. An abstract for the Abstract Session is an abbreviated version of your research project. In your abstract you may want to include the following information:

  • Background & Context: Give a brief context for the research/work being presented
  • Methodology: How was the research/work attempted/ accomplished/achieved
  • Findings: Describe the key findings of the research/work being presented
  • Implications for practice, research, education & training, organisation/management, policy and guidance: How might your research/work inform similar initiatives in other settings/contexts
  • Lessons learned regarding the work and recommendations for other practitioners (at community programme, services or public policy levels)

We are also interested in abstracts for special sessions, which consist of pre-established panels which tackle the symposium’s tracks. Your abstract should have a clear theme connecting all of the participants’ papers. In your Special Session Abstract be sure to include the theme, and a description of how the various papers address the theme. Special sessions will generally be organised by collective entities, partners groups, organisations with representation in different African countries, multi-country work groups or entities with similar interests in the continent.

Participants interested in showcasing posters or exhibit their organisations’ work must contact the Symposium Secretariat for more details.

Email us at and check the Symposium website for more information.