This month across the Alliance
AFRICA This year’s MenEngage Africa Training Initiative (MATI) short course in “Engaging and Challenging Men and Boys for Gender Equality in the #Metoo and #MenAreTrash Era” took place from 29 October to 3 November. Hosted by MenEngage Africa, Sonke Gender Justice and the University of Pretoria, the training explored the foundations of a human-rights based approach and feminist framework to challenge gender inequality. Find out more about this program in this Q&A with Josephine Mukwendi, coordinator of the MATI course.
AFRICA Following the MATI training, the MenEngage Global Secretariat and Menengage Africa organized a two-day workshop “Strengthening collective understanding on standards of accountable practices for ‘men and masculinities’ field: A regional workshop for MenEngage Africa network”. This participatory training provoked critical discussions on what it means for activists and organizations working to engage men and boys for gender equality to ensure accountability to diverse women and girls and other marginalized groups.
AFRICA results of the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) in Tanzania were published launched by Promundo in collaboration with Uzazi Na Malezi Bora Tanzania (UMATI) and Tanzania Commission for AIDS (TACAIDS), revealing a complex picture of men’s and women’s roles, realities and perceptions of gender in the country.
EUROPE A Nordic Network meeting was hosted in Stockholm by MenEngage Europe member, MÄN Sweden, in May 2018. Around 30 participants from Norway, Finland, Denmark, Iceland and Sweden took part, aiming to build on and deepen existing contacts, to extend the network and to offer a platform for continued exchange between civil society practitioners and activists from the Nordic countries regarding men and gender equality.
EUROPE Results of a survey of more than 1,000 men on their attitudes on sexual harassment after #MeToo were presented to the Swedish government by MÄN in late October 2018. The survey shows that while more than 80% of male respondents believe #MeToo has been positive for gender equality and that men have the biggest responsibility to prevent sexual violence and harassment, only 43% have reflected on their own behavior.
LATIN AMERICA The regional conference “20 years of men and masculinities studies in Latin America: What have we done and where are we going?” took place in Santiago, Chile from 7-8 November with the participation of several MenEngage América Latina members.
LATIN AMERICA The MenEngage América Latina Steering Committee met in Santiago, Chile on 9 November. The committee made plans for strengthening the network and masculinities work in the region for the coming two years and elected two new Co-Coordinators, José Alfredo Cruz (Círculo Abierto, Mexico) and Álvaro Campos (Instituto WEM, Costa Rica).
MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA ABAAD organized a two day network-strengthening meeting in Lebanon from 11-12 October, together with the MenEngage Alliance Global Secretariat, in which representatives from 22 organizations officially launched MenEngage Lebanon. The network agreed on governance mechanisms and updated their strategic plan. It was also agreed to bring the learning of this process to initiate similar processes in other countries in the region, which ABAAD and the Global Secretariat will be working together on in the coming months and years.
MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA A regional learning exchange meeting took place in the MENA region at the start of October 2018. Organized by UN Women, ABAAD, Promundo US and the MenEngage Alliance Global Secretariat, the meeting explored opportunities to strengthen links in the region for sharing, learning and developing promising practices in work on men and masculinities.
NORTH AMERICA The North American MenEngage Network (NAMEN) wrote a letter to US senators urging them to vote ‘no’ to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The letter calls on Senators to provide a message to boys and men in America that sexual harassment and misconduct will no longer be tolerated. While the letter and actions of thousands of feminists around the USA and worldwide failed to stop Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court, MenEngage Alliance will continue to #BelieveSurvivors and show solidarity and support for mobilizations for gender justice and women’s rights.
NORTH AMERICA The Midwest Symposium on Men's Leadership and Accountability Around #MeToo will take place from 28-29 January 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. The Center for Violence Prevention at the University of Northern Iowa is organizing and hosting the event in which several members from North America MenEngage Network will take part in roundtable discussions throughout the symposium, as well conducting in-depth workshops on strategies to engage men and boys in the work to prevent violence against women. Find out more about attending the symposium here.
SOUTH ASIA Preventing early/child and forced marriage is the goal of a new intervention in Baluchistan, Pakistan. Initiated in July 2018 by MenEngage South Asia Steering Committee member, Youth Association for Development, the project aims to empower girls and boys on the issue, while raising awareness among key community members including parents, teachers, political/religious leaders, community elders, marriage registrars, government officials and parliamentarians. The project takes a multi-level approach to challenging systems and cultural perceptions in a context in which 18% of Pakistani girls have had their first birth by age 18.
SOUTH ASIA The Centre for Health and Social Justice (CHSJ), India, is organising the second South Asia Regional Workshop on Gender and Masculinities - 'Role of Masculinities in State, Market and Community in South Asia’ from December 15-19, 2018 in New Delhi. The five-day workshop is for development practitioners, researchers, activists, trainers, students, and media professionals from South Asia interested in a deeper understanding of masculinities and gender relations, plus theories, tools and methods on promoting sexual and reproductive health rights, gender justice and gender-based violence prevention.
SOUTH ASIA MenEngage Alliance members in Sri Lanka organized workshops with the country’s railway company and the National Committee on Women, aimed at ending sexual harassment on Sri Lanka’s railway system. 85 railway staff participated in the training and the national railway company committed to developing gender sensitive policies and incorporating issues of sexual harassment into future training for all staff.
INTERNATIONAL MenEngage Alliance joined global feminist peace activists at the UN Security Council meeting from 25-26 October to strategize on how the lead up to the 20th anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1325, which will take place in 2020, can be used to catalyze holistic implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda. Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) is mobilizing to demand #MeaningfulParticipation of women in peace and conflict prevention work and to address barriers, including the lack of and access to resources, structural inequalities and root causes of violence. #UNSCR1325
INTERNATIONAL The International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) took place from 12-15 November in Kigali, Rwanda. MenEngage Alliance hosted a panel discussion on “Gender transformative approaches to engage boys and men in challenging norms, attitudes and laws that undermine the fulfilment of reproductive rights, gender empowerment and family planning”, together with the Centre for Health and Social Justice (CHSJ), IPPF and Rutgers. Other Alliance members such as RWAMREC and Promundo are participating and hosting events at the conference.
INTERNATIONAL A new book by Michael Flood, Engaging Men and Boys in Violence Prevention, has been published. The book highlights effective and innovative strategies for the primary prevention of domestic violence, sexual violence, and other forms of harassment and abuse. It combines research on gender, masculinities, and violence with case studies from a wide variety of countries and settings.
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