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2nd MenEngage Africa Symposium

The 2nd MenEngage Africa Symposium took place in Maputo, Mozambique, from 23-27 April 2018. It brought together a network of gender justice activists, NGOs, government leaders, policy-makers and other actors working with men and boys on the African continent, to share best practices, learn and discuss issues such as the interaction of feminism and masculinities, as well as how youth can be engaged in the fight for gender equality.

“Men are not our enemies! Our real enemies are the norms and values!”

Daniel Hailu, a member of the Ethiopia-based #ArifWond (#አሪፍወንድ) community had the opportunity to participate in the Symposium and shared his personal observations and reflections in this article.

The Africa We Want: Youth Leadership to Strengthen Activism and Partnership on Gender Equality and Social Justice

Munashe Mtatsu, a Zimbabwe Friedrich Ebert Stiftung YLT and Southern African Regional Youth Forum alumni, also attended and participated in the 2nd MenEngage Africa Symposium. He described it as a platform for African citizens, young and old, to engage in political and social transformation discussions, ideas and innovations.

Statement from Congo Men’s Network following detainment of two staff members by Congolese authorities

In May, staff members of the Congo Men’s Network (COMEN), partners they work with as well as journalists were detained while on mission by the Congolese authorities. COMEN issued out a statement on the situation.

MenEngage Africa co-host high level meeting on engaging men and boys in conflict prevention and managing post-conflict effects on women

MenEngage Africa co-hosted a high level meeting on how to work with men and boys to prevent conflict and manage post-conflict effects on women. The meeting took place from 24-25 May 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda.

Opening remarks by Minister Espérance Nyirasafari at high-level meeting on conflict prevention and management of post-conflict effects on women

The Minister of Gender and Family Promotion, Espérance Nyirasafari, delivered the keynote address at the high level meeting on “Men Engagement on the Prevention of Conflict and Management of Post-Conflict Effects on Women,” which was held in Kigali, Rwanda, from 24-25 May. In her opening remarks, the Minister acknowledged that even though Rwanda has done a lot in terms of eliminating barriers toward women’s rights; there still exist some challenges to be addressed.

MenEngage on the spot

What does MenEngage Alliance need to do better? What does MenEngage Alliance have to do that it has not done yet? What does MenEngage Alliance need to stop doing? Those were some of the questions our mother body put to women’s rights organisations from around the world as part of its Accountability Dialogue session in New York earlier this year. The feed-back and recommendations are contained in a report called “MenEngage On The Spot”.

‘Untainted by the empowerment of education’: The tragedy of child brides

The 16th of June reminds us of youths killed in the Soweto students uprising of 1976. As Josephine Mukwendi, co-ordinator of youth activities at MenEngage Africa writes, “one cannot forget the sacrifice they made which still reverberates through our history”. “They bravely fought against Afrikaans as a medium of instruction showing their maturity in making their own decisions – as activists. This is testament to how important education is to our youth,” she continues. Today, the 16th of June is celebrated across Africa as Day of the African Child. Sadly, the phenomenon of “child marriages” is a huge threat to the education of many African girl children.

Day of the African Child 2018

The theme for this year’s Day of the African Child was “Leave No Child Behind for Africa’s Development”. But how significant is this day today? MenEngage Africa’s Communications Specialist, Khopotso Bodibe, discussed this with Campaigns and Advocacy Specialist, Mpiwa Mangwiro.

Why is it important to engage men in the fight for gender equality in Africa?

Attendees at the 2nd MenEngage Africa Symposium answer the question: Why is it important to engage men in the fight for gender equality in Africa? They also offer advice to anyone wanting to contribute to a gender just world.