Breaking the Covid-19 stigma in Nigeria


In Nigeria, Mercy and Peace Creation – a member of MenEngage Nigeria – is running a campaign to respond to the emerging stigma around Covid-19. Executive Director of the organisation, Paul Osayande, speaks with Khopotso Bodibe, about this important campaign.

MenEngage Nigeria marks Menstrual Hygiene Management Day

Menstrual Hygiene Management Day

Every year on May 28, non-governmental organisations, governmental agencies and the private sector come together to celebrate Menstrual Hygiene Day and to highlight the importance of good menstrual hygiene management. This year’s World Menstrual Hygiene Day 2020 theme is “Period in Pandemic”. The idea behind choosing this theme is to highlight how the challenge faced […]

Innovating to provide drug rehab services during Covid-19

Covid-19 Test Kit

Necessity is truly the mother of invention. The Secretariat for MenEngage Nigeria, Society for the Improvement of Rural People (SIRP-Nigeria), has had to innovate to continue providing rehabilitative services to people with drug addiction. With Nigeria being one of many countries that have ordered movement restrictions on citizens in a bid to curtail the spread […]

Covid-19 pandemic… and they called on the woman

There is no doubt at all that the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the world in a way that places huge struggles on families, economies, health, businesses, and so on. The period also turns out to be a very revealing one, especially concerning the roles, challenges, experiences of women and what is expected of them. A […]

Desiderata for gender parity

Workers Day 2020 Desiderata Gender Parity

This paper looks at 26 selected companies in Nigeria and explores factors responsible for women’s under-representation at leadership level of these organisations. It also recommends appropriate action to remedy the lack of women leadership.

Sensitising boys to promote gender justice in Nigeria

Sensitising Boys Promote Gender Justice Nigeria

African Focus for Youth Development (AFFYD), a member of MenEngage Nigeria, had a two-day training in February to engage young men in Kano State on how to advocate for women’s rights, rights of vulnerable groups, and gender justice. AFFYD Executive Director, Emmanuel Gabari, said boys and men have an important role to play against gender-based […]

MenEngage Nigeria Trains Member Organisations

Menengage Nigeria

Full of determination to promote gender equality, Men Engage Nigeria, MEN, has tasked men to end patriarchal spirits, in order to create an environment free of discrimination between boys/men and girls/women. This appeal was made recently in Lagos, at a Capacity Building Workshop for SouthWest Member Organizations of MEN. Speaking to newsmen, a Gender Equality […]

Violence Against Women: Men Must Protect Women’s Rights – AFFYD


The executive director, Africa Focus for Youths’ Development, Mr. Emmanuel Gabari, has said that, to have a balanced society free of gender violence, the men folk must begin to accord their female counterparts necessary respects and begin to see them as partners rather than subjects. He said women, particularly in Africa have suffered greatly as […]

Our work is about deconstructing masculinity

“In our quest to achieve gender equality, we must be guided by the principle that our mission as MenEngage Africa (MEA) Alliance is to deconstruct masculinity. It’s not about creating a men’s and boys’ club. Ours is a platform to hold ourselves as men – as well as other men – accountable and to challenge […]

22 African countries converge to promote gender equality

This article was originally written for News Agency of Nigeria by Justina Auta Mr Hassan Sekajoolok, the Chairperson, MenEngage Africa (MEA), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), says gender inequality has posed great risk to the economic and developmental achievements of Africa. He said this at a two-day meeting of representatives of 22 African countries on Thursday […]

Gender equality will stimulate development in Africa – Swedish Envoy

This article was originally written for News Agency of Nigeria By Justina Auta Swedish Ambassador to Nigeria, Carl-Michael Grans, says gender equality is a means to stimulate more development in African. Grans said this while declaring open the 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Men Engage Africa (MEA) a Non-Governmental Organisation, in Abuja on Wednesday. […]

MenEngage Africa AGM – opening remarks made by Swedish ambassador to Nigeria

The Swedish Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency Carl-Michael Grans, gave the opening address at the MenEngage Africa (MEA) Alliance Annual General Meeting (AGM), which opened in Abuja, Nigeria, today (12 February 2020). In his opening remarks, the ambassador emphasised that gender equality is not about being fair to women only, but he pointed out that […]

Speech by the Chairperson MenEngage Africa at the opening of MenEngage Africa Annual General Meeting 2020 in Abuja Nigeria

MenEngage Africa Alliance chairperson, Hassan Sekajoolo, called on alliance members to double their efforts as they continue working with men and boys to promote gender equality. He also called on members to strengthen their work with women’s rights organisations so that, together, we move towards fast-tracking the attainment of gender equality in Africa. Sekajoolo was […]

Society for Improvement of Rural People (SIRP – Nigeria) joins Thriving Together campaign to highlight world’s most important, yet ignored environmental action

The Thriving Together campaign recognises that family planning is critically important not only for women and girls, but also for the environment. On 11 July 2019, Society for the Improvement of Rural People (SIRP – Nigeria, Secretariat for MenEngage Nigeria) joins over 150 other leading environmental and reproductive health organisations to pledge support for a first-of-its-kind […]

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

Nigeria is the latest and newest country to start a MenEngage network in Africa. Established by the Society for the Improvement of Rural People (SIRP Nigeria), the network joined the Alliance in July 2018. In our effort to introduce the network to our partners and friends, we asked Dr Chris Ugwu, Executive Director of SIRP […]

AfricaGender Indaba Edition 83 (40 Mins)

AfricaGender Indaba Edition 83

In AfricaGender Indaba this week, Khopotso Bodibe profiles Emmanuel Gabari, a Nigeria-based media personality and musician who uses his craft as social activism tools – and we’ll also sample some of his music.