MenEngage Africa Regional Consultation on Child Rights, SRHR, LGBTI and Women’s Empowerment

A strategic joint partnership initiative

Mandi, F., Manyati, T., Shand, T., Herstad, M., and Wanjohi, E. (2012). Narrative Report: MenEngage Africa Regional Consultation on Child Rights, SRHR, LGBTI and Women's Empowerment: A strategic joint partnership initiative. Sonke Gender Justice Network, MenEngage Africa, PLAN RESA, FEMNET: Nairobi, Kenya.

The purpose of the consultative meeting sought to review and strengthen a regional agenda in order to scale up MenEngage work in the region; impact and sustainability of work with men in enhancing gender equality, focusing particularly on strengthening partnerships, shared work and accountability with women’s rights organizations, including positive women’s networks, SRHR, LGBTI, and child rights organizations.

In particular, this meeting sought to build the necessary momentum and collaboration to further advance this work across Africa. It also ensured that the work remains accountable to, and in close collaboration with, a range of partners and organizations, particularly the women’s movement. Moreover, it provided a road map for scaling up MenEgage activities, the impact and sustainability of work over the next 2-3 years with men and boys on promoting gender equality, preventing GBV and sexual exploitation, and reducing the spread and impact of HIV and AIDS within Africa.