Sonke, the Co-Chair of the MenEngage Alliance, celebrates a successful global symposium that was held earlier this month in Delhi. From November 10-13th, nearly 1200 delegates from 94 countries attended the 2nd Global MenEngage symposium and on November 14th, the MenEngage Global Assembly met in Delhi, India.
In her opening plenary speech at the symposium, the Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka, emphasised that “engaging men and boys is a must” for advancing women’s rights and equality.
At the end of four days of robust panel discussions, workshops, networking, shared best practices and cultural exchange, the Delhi Declaration was drafted and presented to the symposium laying out a plan for a more inclusive and expansive approach in order to achieve gender equality. One of the specific policy areas and actions to engage men in gender justice, which was proposed in the Delhi Declaration, is to reduce and redistribute unpaid care work in order to allow women in particular more time for other pursuits such as self-care, education, political participation and paid work.