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JULY 2020

“We are in this together” – Kuraish Mubiru to HIV+ youths during Covid-19

At the height of the Covid-19 lockdown in Uganda, Kuraish Mubiru, Executive Director of Uganda Young Positives, a member of MenEngage Uganda, took it upon himself to ensure that young people who take antiretroviral medication around the capital, Kampala, did have access to their medication. Without his efforts, many would not have been able to access their medical supplies because of movement restrictions to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

International Day of the African Child

On International Day of the African Child, MenEngage Africa Youth added their voices to many young African children’s voices in Africa who continue to experience hardships that hinder their growth and development – lack of access to quality education, lack of employment opportunities, the resultant poverty, lack of access to basic needs, human rights abuses and structural inequalities – to call for change, and to be included in changes that seek to improve their lives and future.

Gender focus on Madagascar on its 60th anniversary

As Madagascar marked its 60th anniversary of independence on 26 June 2020, the commemoration occurred amidst an emerging struggle, a feminist movement seeking to prioritise the rights of women. This is a struggle that can only be waged if everyone supports it – men and women of all ages.

Plight of refugees exacerbated by Covid-19

The celebration of World Refugee Day 2020 was particularly different as the world battles against a common enemy called COVID-19. While governments across the globe and the African continent have put measures in place to respond to the threats posed by this pandemic, many responses have focused on citizens much to the exclusion of other vulnerable groups such as refugees and migrants.

My story as a refugee

World Refugee Day 2020 was marked under the theme “Every action counts” – a very relevant theme amidst the COVID-19 pandemic that continues to show us how desperately we need to fight for a more inclusive and equal world: a world where no one is left behind. Our Senior Trainer, Micheline Minani Muzaneza, shares with us her personal account of how “Every action counts” to make a difference.

MenEngage Botswana condemns MP for improper sexual relations with a minor

In Botswana, several civil society organisations, including MenEngage Botswana, have come out to condemn a ruling party Member of Parliament, Polson Majaga, amidst allegations of defiling a minor.

MenEngage Nigeria marks Menstrual Hygiene Management Day

World Menstrual Hygiene Day was marked under the theme “Period in the Pandemic”, to highlight how the challenge faced by women during menstruation has worsened due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Society for the Improvement of Rural People – Nigeria (SIRP-Nigeria), marked the day by hosting training on how to prepare reusable menstrual pads.

Babe Locotfo / Good Dad Campaign

Kwakha Indvodza launches a multi-media campaign to challenge fathers in eSwatini to reflect and change their ways to adopt a more active role in the home, including child-raising responsibilities, in a deeply patriarchal and conservative society.

Breaking the Covid-19 stigma in Nigeria

Mercy and Peace Creation, a member of MenEngage Nigeria, is running a campaign to respond to the emerging stigma around Covid-19.

Innovating to provide drug rehab services during Covid-19

Find out how Society for the Improvement of Rural People (SIRP-Nigeria), has had to innovate to continue providing rehabilitative services to people with drug addiction during Nigeria’s Covid-19 lockdown.