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May 2018

Beyond rhetoric to action: Gender equality needs solid laws and policies

In March, the 62nd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women took place under the theme “Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls” at the United Nations headquarters in New York – and MenEngage Africa was there. As the meeting took place, our Campaigns and Advocacy Specialist, Mpiwa Mangwiro, wrote that commitments toward gender equality and women’s rights need to move from rhetoric to action.

More challenges, fewer choices: Rural women are still in survival mode

Also on the occasion of the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, MenEngage Africa’s GBV Programme co-ordinator, Mabel Sengendo Nabaggala, expressed hope in this article that the meeting would speak to rural women themselves – and in so doing make a real difference in their lives.

How Rwanda continues to heal, 24 years after the genocide

In April, Rwanda marked 24 years of the genocide that left about one million people dead. To mark the annual commemoration, MenEngage Africa’s Mpiwa Mangwiro wrote an article arguing that attaining peace and security requires as much planning, calculating and strategising, and as many resources as warfare does, if not more.

MenEngage Africa calls upon its partners to prioritise promoting and protecting women’s rights

This year, MenEngage Africa joined other world nations in commemorating International Women’s Day under the theme ‘Time is now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives’. The alliance called on its partners in civil society and government to prioritise promoting and protecting women’s rights.

Statement by the MenEngage Zambia Alliance on International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day, MenEngage Zambia also acknowledged the role played by many rural and urban activists in transforming women’s lives. We salute the many gallant women, men, boys and girls who have stood up to confront the negative gender norms, cultures, attitudes and practices that have contributed to hindering the attainment of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Sign the petition to end child marriages in Tanzania

In Tanzania, MenEngage Tanzania together with partners belonging to the Tanzania Ending Child Marriage Network petitioned the government of Tanzania to amend the Law of Marriage Act of 1971. Tanzania has one of the highest child marriage prevalence rates in the world.

MenEngage Africa and KEMEA host Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Consultation Meeting

In April, MenEngage Africa in collaboration with Kenya MenEngage Alliance and other partners hosted a Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Consultation meeting in Nairobi, Kenya. This is against the background that access to sexual reproductive health services in Africa continues to be a challenge due to a number of factors including unfavourable socio-cultural practices that may create barriers to adolescents, girls and women, and marginalised persons accessing sexual and reproductive health services and rights, including youth friendly services.

AfricaGender Indaba – Edition 41

PODCAST: In this AfricaGender Indaba podcast, the spotlight is on female genital mutilation (FGM) in Africa. We speak to a Kenya-based anti-FGM campaigner who has just been honoured for his efforts in the fight against FGM. We also hear that although it is women and girls who suffer FGM, men and boys are also affected and they should take up the fight to eradicate the practice that disfigures women and girls and continues to put their lives at risk.

Haki Ya Binti

VIDEO: This documentary showcases “Haki Ya Binti”, a project to mobilise action to safeguard the rights of girls and young mothers in Tanzania. The objective of the project is to combat all forms of gender-based violence (GBV), including female genital mutilation (FGM), child marriage and teen pregnancies, perpetrated against girls, especially those living in rural areas. Haki Ya Binti is a project run by our partners in Tanzania, Children’s Dignity Forum (CDF), the Secretariat for MenEngage Tanzania. The documentary showcases the work of the project over a two-year period – 2016 to 2018 – in the five wards of Manga, Susuni, Matongo, Mwema and Nkenda in Tarime District.