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June 2013

Scorecard on GBV Laws and Policy in Africa

In preparation for the 57th Commission on the Status of Women held in New York – March 2013, Sonke Gender Justice, with support from UNFPA, SIDA and UN Women, developed a scorecard of GBV Laws and Policies in Africa in order to address the priority theme, the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls. This scorecard provides an assessment of whether national policies and laws in the African region sufficiently attempt to engage men and boys in the prevention and elimination of gender-based violence (GBV).
 kenya unite

Launch of the Africa UNiTE Campaign back to back with MenKen Network, Kenya

The MenEngage Kenya Network (MenKen) took part in the Kenya Chapter Africa UNiTE Campaign that was launched on November 14th and 15th 2012.
more awareness more reporting

More Awareness, More Reporting: How Men Can Support the Fight Against GBV?

For the Planned Parenthood Association of Zambia (PPAZ), the increasing number of women reporting cases of gender- based violence (GBV) is a positive sign. While it may seem like a bad thing, it actually means that sensitisation and awareness raising efforts are having a successful impact. In March 2013, the Law Development Association, a group offering legal services to victims of GBV in Choma, Zambia, reported an average of six to ten cases per day; a significant increase compared to last year.

MenKen Represented at 57th CSW 2013

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), as described by UNWomen, is “a global policy-making body, and a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), dedicated exclusively to the promotion of gender equality and the advancement of women.
Micheline Minani Muzaneza

Reflections on working on gender-based violence in conflict settings:
Interview of Micheline Minani Muzaneza

Micheline is extremely experienced in working on GBV in conflict settings, and has been engaged in fighting for women’s rights since she was a young girl. She has worked for United Nations in Burundi helping to gather information on GBV during the Burundian civil war and its aftermath, and worked as a Human Rights Assistant handling cases of GBV and working together with UNICEF in Burundi. She has also assisted female ex-combatants left behind by disarmament, demobilization and reintegration, who are often not included in the DDR programs even though they participated in the war.
MATI training

MenEngage Africa Training Initiative (MATI): Lessons from 2012 and planning for next course from 16 to 26 September 2013

In August 2012, Sonke Gender Justice Network, the MenEngage Africa Network and the Women’s Health Research Unit at the University of Cape Town hosted the first ever MenEngage Training Initiative course entitled ‘Masculinities, Leadership and Gender Justice in Sub-Saharan Africa’. This exciting new initiative was established to expand the skills and knowledge of female and male advocates, civil society practitioners, policy makers and other stakeholders in sub-Saharan Africa on ways to garner the greater involvement of men and boys in gender equality, but also with the aim of building a strong network of future leaders and gender justice advocates.

Kenya launches the first Online GBV/HIV Knowledge Sharing Hub

The GBV/HIV Knowledge Sharing Hub is an online information sharing and learning platform that addresses the linkage between gender-based violence and HIV.
Together we can

Together We Can: Collaborating with Religious Leaders to Combat Gender-Based Violence

The strength of the MenEngage Africa Network lies in its capacity and willingness to collaborate with others across all sections of society, with the goal of combatting the high levels of gender-based violence present in the region. In two recent awareness-raising campaigns, Sonke Gender Justice had the privilege of working alongside other activists and organisations who are also working to transform their communities and end violence against women and girls.