The symposium brought together organisations and policymakers from across Africa to build civil society and government capacity to work with men and boys to respond to gender-based violence and HIV. The symposium had the general objective of looking at ways of working with men and boys to achieve gender equality.
Specific objectives included:
- To add to and share information related to the growing body of evidence, confirming that programmes targeting men and boys can result in changes in attitude and behaviour.
- To bring attention to the need to build a more coherent and robust body of regional and national policies, in order to increase the scale and impact of the work that needs to be done.
- To look at ways in which these policies need to support and build upon the existing international, regional, national and local commitments towards gender justice.