MenEngage is a global alliance of organisations who engage men and boys to achieve gender equality, promote health, reduce violence and to question and address the structural barriers to achieving gender equality.

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The global alliance consists of representatives from each continent. These delegates in turn co-ordinate the country networks on their respective continents. Sonke chairs MenEngage Africa, which consists of 17 country networks across Africa.

The alliance falls within the scope of Sonke’s International Programmes Unit, and staff work with to partner organisations to build capacity, provide support and strengthen the network. One current project coordinated by Sonke and the Swedish Association of Sexuality Education is the Learning Centre Initiative. The initiative supports project sites in Uganda and Zambia to develop the work of local organisations in engaging men and boys in sexual and reproductive health. Sonke’s role is to provide overall project management and technical support to the sites, as well as develop skills in communications, advocacy, operations and research and increase the base of theoretical knowledge concerning male involvement.