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MenEngage Africa Newsletter 2018/4

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NOVEMBER 2018

Men and boys must take action to end gender-based violence

Children’s Dignity Forum (CDF), the Secretariat of MenEngage Tanzania, is putting the engagement of men and boys at the core of its interventions to promote gender equality, child protection and the empowerment of girls within communities in which it works. And the results are encouraging.

Working with churches to reduce intimate partner violence in Namibia

“In exile, Jesus wept – this Biblical quote says to me that it’s okay for men to cry,” said Rheinholdt Kharigub of the Catholic Men’s Association and Parish Council in Windhoek, Namibia. Such insights came to Rheinholdt as he, along with eight other representatives of various religious denominations, attended a three-day training by MenEngage Namibia (MEN) on Intimate Partner Violence (IPV).

End #MeToo stories in Swaziland by mentoring men

Help Kwakha Indvodza (Building a Man), a member of MenEngage Swaziland, raise much-needed money for a long-term project aimed at mentoring 600 men and boys to be non-violent, gender-sensitive and positive members of society.

Breaking with tradition

In Tanzania, newly-cut, pubescent girls are paraded through villages, propelled by sounds of praise and celebratory exultations. They are discouraged from crying during what is believed to be an important rite of female passage. Getting communities to abandon this practice is naturally no easy feat. For this reason, in 2016, MenEngage Tanzania (MET) decided to focus strategically on eradicating the practice and work with a group that is largely viewed as being difficult to penetrate and resistant to change – traditional leaders.

MATI short course on engaging men and boys for gender equality in the #MenAreTrash era

In October, MenEngage Africa, through its capacity building programme MenEngage Africa Training Initiative (MATI), offered the bi-annual MATI short course at the University of Pretoria, in South Africa. This time around the theme of the training was “Engaging and Challenging Men and Boys for Gender Equality in the #Metoo and #MenAreTrash Era”.

Q+A with co-ordinator of MATI, Josephine Mukwendi

For in-depth insight into what the MenEngage Africa Training Initiative (MATI) short course is all about, have a read through this Q+A with Josephine Mukwendi, Co-Ordinator of the course.

Stopping violence in communities in action

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 Kadama Widows Association, a member of MenEngage Uganda, is working with married couples in Uganda to end domestic violence.

Strengthening youth involvement in political, social and economic networking activities

Globally, there has been a gap in youth involvement in vast spaces, including political, social and economic engagements. Against this background, MenEngage Africa is seeking to strengthen youth involvement in the network activities including governance, programmes and advocacy by building their leadership skills on issues of women’s rights and gender justice. Thus, we have set up a youth structure which held its first meeting in Uganda, recently.

Youth speak out on leadership

At the MenEngage Africa Youth Forum meeting, the youths discussed a host of issues, including the state of leadership on issues that matter to their development. Khopotso Bodibe, Communications Co-Ordinator of the MenEngage Africa Alliance reports.

International conference on family planning in Rwanda

What do men and boys have to do with sexual and reproductive health rights and family planning? That was the focus of a side event that we hosted with Rwanda MenEngage and Sonke Gender Justice at the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) 2018, which was held in Kigali, Rwanda.

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