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APRIL 2019

How two young Kenyan men are fighting FGM

Two young men in Kenya – Tony Mwebia and Elias Muindi, Project Officer for Kenya MenEngage – are ardent campaigners against female genital mutilation (FGM) and promoters of women’s and girls’ rights. Find out how the pair is helping the fight against practices that harm women and girls.

Miss Curvy – MenEngage Uganda response

The launch of a controversial beauty contest known as Miss Curvy, which targets plus size women, has caused a stir in Uganda. The pageant was announced recently by the Minister for Tourism, Godfrey Kiwanda, who wants to use the women as products to attract tourists to the country. MenEngage Uganda joined women’s rights organisations to condemn the pageant.

Q+A with Dr Chris Ugwu, Co-Ordinator of MenEngage Nigeria

Nigeria is the latest country to start a MenEngage network in Africa. To introduce the network to our partners and friends, we asked Dr Chris Ugwu, Co-Ordinator of MenEngage Nigeria five questions about the network – the answers to which we hope will give you some insight into this newest member of the MenEngage Africa family.

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, including a member of the MenEngage Africa youth structure. The new chairperson is Hassan SekaJoolo of MenEngage Uganda and his deputy is Kassoum Coulibaly of MenEngage Mali.

Sonke and MenEngage Africa host seminar on faith for gender equality

In late November, MenEngage Africa partnered with Sonke Gender Justice and UN Women to host a two-day seminar bringing together academics, NGO & CBO practitioners and faith leaders working in the field of gender equality from across the Africa region to reflect on promising practices on engaging religious leaders for gender justice in the continent. In this story, we bring you highlights from the first day of the seminar.

Faith for Gender Equality

Faith leaders have a major role to fulfil in efforts to end sexual and gender-based violence, explained Senior Trainer for Sonke Gender Justice, Mpho Mabhena, about the need for a seminar to engage religious leaders, in this podcast.

Amplifying voices against FGM

During the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, Kenya MenEngage Alliance (KEMEA) Programme Officer, Elias Muindi, joined the Kenya Anti-FGM Board and other partners in Bungoma County to participate in a charity race to raise awareness against FGM.

eSwatini joins CSOs and activists to observe the last 16 Days of Activism

MenEngage Network – eSwatini also joined many civil society organisations and activists to observe the last 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children. The network hosted a number of activities to educate and sensitise targeted audiences about gender-based violence and its damaging consequences. In this article, we share some of the activities the network engaged in.

Margaret Wanzuu Foundation engages dads and daughters to end child marriages

Margaret Wanzuu Foundation, a member of Kenya MenEngage Alliance (KEMEA), hosted a Dads and Daughters dialogue in January 2019 to facilitate dialogue aimed at ending Forced and Early Child Marriages in Kenya. The initiative involved a workshop for dads and their daughters aged between 9 to 17 years of age to discuss issues affecting their development, particularly child marriage, openly.

HIV crisis among the youth in Kenya

In the face of HIV, it’s important to “tell the youth that it is okay to delay sexual activity, it’s also important to involve young people when developing HIV programmes for them, and if the youth get friendlier health workers at health facilities, they are more likely to open up about the problems they face.” That’s the message that Job Akuno, national co-ordinator of Kenya MenEngage Alliance (KEMEA), delivered during a panel discussion on Kenya’s Citizen TV.