Our generation has the power to end FGM and child marriage

The Kenya MenEngage Alliance, in collaboration with the Margaret Wanzuu Foundation and UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, implemented the Baba Bora Project, which includes workshops for Vijana Bora (Better Male Youths) from the 2nd to the 4th of June 2022. The Vijana Bora workshops aimed to increase knowledge about sexual reproductive health and masculinities, […]

Faith leaders training in Zimbabwe

MenEngage Africa held a four-day workshop in Zimbabwe from May 10th to May 13th, 2022, as part of our efforts to eliminate gender-based violence. This training was designed to equip faith leaders to support survivors of gender-based violence without creating secondary victimisation. Over 20 people attended this training, demonstrating their commitment to eliminating violence against […]

MenEngage Africa observes 16 Days of Activism

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that begins on November 25th, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and ends on December 10th, Human Rights Day. This is an opportunity for us all to reaffirm our commitment to ending gender-based violence and hold one another accountable. […]

MenEngage eSwatini hosts an Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Symposium

From November 18th to November 19th, 2021, MenEngage eSwatini hosted an Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Symposium. The symposium was combined with the commemoration of International Men’s Day. The activity was held at the Gallery Hotel in Matsapha. It was attended by guests from various sectors, including network members, youth, differently abled people, government officials, UNFPA […]

Youth Capacity Building Workshop and Conference on Gender Norms and FGM Advocacy

Our Youth gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to participate in a five-day capacity building workshop on Gender Norm and Female genital mutilation (FGM) Advocacy. The workshop was held from 27th September – 01 October 2021.  The workshop’s aim is important to strengthen young people’s capacity on GTA to enable them to challenge harmful social and discriminatory […]

What can men do to help end FGM?

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a procedure that partially or totally removes a female’s external genitalia for non-medical reasons, causes irreparable and irreversible harm, as well as life-long health and psychological complications. The United Nations estimates that about 200 million girls and women alive today have been subjected to FGM. Led by MenEngage Africa, a member of the global MenEngage Alliance, men’s organizations have joined in a call to end FGM. Under the banner, “No Time for Global Inaction: Unite, Fund, and Act to End Female Genital Mutilation,” a coalition spoke out on February 5, International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation.

Not involving men & boys to address inequalities & SGBV is playing merry-go-round

David Tamba Mackieu, Executive Director of MenEngage Sierra Leone Secretariat, Men’s Association for Gender Equality – Sierra Leone (MAGE -SL), participated in a televised conversation on International Women’s Day 2021 and highlighted the need to involve men and boys in efforts to address gender inequality and sexual and gender-based violence.

Women’s economic empowerment has major benefits

Investing in women’s economic empowerment reduces poverty, promotes gender equality and helps women make good decisions. That’s the conviction that drives the momentum of Keep A Girl Alive programme which is run by Reach Out Cameroon, the Secretariat of MenEngage Cameroon, to increase the incomes of vulnerable women and girls through the creation of small […]

Removing barriers to women’s security in marriage

Access to, and affording, a marriage licence in DRC is now within reach for most married women and couples in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This follows policy advocacy work conducted by MenEngage DRC and Congo Men’s Network. In the past, getting a marriage licence was expensive and most men avoided the process. This […]

Men’s involvement & tough action by African leaders needed to stop FGM

Saturday marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) under the theme “No Time for Global Inaction, Unite, Fund, and Act to End Female Genital Mutilation”.  FGM is a procedure that partially or totally removes a female’s external genitalia for non-medical reasons, causing irreparable and irreversible harm, as well as life-long […]

Tolerance of all forms of gender-based violence must be uprooted at all levels

As the world marks this year’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, we do so acutely aware that 2020 has been like no other year. According to the United Nations (UN) about 243 million women and girls were abused by an intimate partner in the last 12 months. Recent lockdowns that countries enforced to curtail the […]

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 […]

Gender Equality Benefits Society

Gender Equality Benefits Society

Did you know that gender equality cannot be fully attained if men are not involved? Did you know that gender equality is not primarily about being ‘fair’ to women – it benefits the entire society too, both men and women included. Research shows that gender equal societies enjoy better health, stronger economic growth and higher […]

“Men are crucial for gender equality” – MenEngage Africa AGM

Genderequality

MenEngage Africa Alliance held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Abuja, Nigeria, from 12-13 February 2020. The meeting emphasised that in order to achieve gender equality, it is important to reach more men to change their mindsets – and to have them join the movement towards making women’s and girls’ rights and empowerment a reality.

MenEngage Sierra Leone observes International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM

Menengage Sierra Leone Zero Tolerance FGM

MenEngage Sierra Leone joined a growing number of activist individuals and civil society organisations on International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, on the 6th of February 2020, to condemn the practice and to call for its end. In Sierra Leone, the prevalence of FGM in women aged 15-49 is 89.6%.

International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM

International Day Zero Tolerance FGM

On International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM (female genital mutilation), February 6th 2020, MenEngage Sierra Leone, joined millions of activists around the world to call for the end of the practice that violates the human rights of women and girls, including their rights to health, to be free from violence, to life and physical […]

Sivuno Sakusasa Project

Sivuno Sakusasa Project

Sivuno Sakusasa, which means Future Champions in isiSwati, has contributed to reducing gender-based violence in Ngwenya, Eswatini, through engaging young men and boys (in and out of school) to challenge the social norms which perpetuate gender inequality and oppress the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls. The project, which is run […]

AfricaGender Indaba Edition 79 (40 Mins)

Cameroonian Soldiers

On AfricaGender Indaba this week, Khopotso Bodibe has an exclusive focus on one issue – the conflict that has been raging in Cameroon over the last two years and the effects it’s having on human rights and development. This is an issue that all of us – no matter where we are in the world […]

Stopping violence in communities in action

Stopping Violence Communities

Domestic violence is scarring many families and the violence that characterises many communities and societies is as a result of what happens in our homes. Thus, it is important to identify and address the root causes of violence within families in order to prevent the violence from escalating into our communities. This video shows how […]

Conflict Resolution – Rwanda Meeting

MenEngage Africa

The MenEngage Africa Alliance and the Rwanda MenEngage Network are co-hosting a high level meeting to share experiences and lessons learned in engaging men and boys to advance peace and security on the continent. To hear more about this, MenEngage Africa Communications and Media Specialist, Khopotso Bodibe, spoke with Mpiwa Mangwiro, Campaigns and Advocacy Specialist […]