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MenEngage Africa Newsletter 2017/2

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June 2017

MenEngage Africa on your radio!

The MenEngage Africa Alliance, co-ordinated by Sonke Gender Justice, is delighted to announce a special partnership with Channel Africa, the external radio service of the SABC (South African Broadcasting Corporation) that broadcasts to the rest of Africa and internationally.

This partnership, led by MenEngage Africa’s Communications Specialist, Khopotso Bodibe and Channel Africa’s Programmes Manager, Lungi Daweti, will result in a year-long relationship in terms of which the alliance will produce and provide content for two radio programmes that engage men and boys across the African continent to create the change necessary for men, women, young people and children to enjoy equitable, healthy and happy relationships.

MenEngage Zimbabwe at CSW61

The Youth Forum at the 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) is a critical opportunity for young people and adolescents in all their diversities to convene in advance of the official opening of CSW to amplify their common concerns and advocacy efforts.

Musa Hove, co-ordinator of MenEngage Zimbabwe and SAfAIDS regional programme manager, represented the two entities at a session on the second day of the forum, on 12 March 2017.

MenEngage Africa Network Annual Capacity Building Programme in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Ten partners of the MenEngage Africa network, including MenEngage Botswana, Kenya MenEngage, MenEngage Tanzania and MenEngage Swaziland, met in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, for our annual capacity building programme. Held from 4th April 2017 to 6th April 2017, the training focused on a wide range of topics including strengthening media and communications, improving monitoring and evaluation systems, network building and sharpening the thematic campaigns of the MenEngage Africa alliance.

Tanzania Director of Children’s Development addresses us

“When we sufficiently engage men and boys in efforts to attain justice and equality for women and girls, many of the problems that women and girls face will be minimised and done away with completely”, said Benedict Missari, Director of Children’s Development in the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, in Tanzania, at the start of our three-day Capacity Building Workshop in Tanzania.

Working with men to address HIV in Uganda

MenEngage Africa led a one-day workshop with key stakeholders to encourage and promote men’s full participation in efforts to address HIV and AIDS in Uganda. Held on the 15th of May, the workshop aimed to increase the support of programmes designed to improve the effective engagement of men in the HIV response.

Kenya hosts regional parliamentary meeting on FGM/C

Kenya recently played host to a regional parliamentary conference on female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C), under the theme “Value of learning together – Youth, Elders, Government, Women and Legislators as custodians of positive culture for girls and women”. Kenya MenEngage Alliance was represented by the National Co-ordinator Job Akuno and the Programme Officer Elias Muindi.

MenEngage Africa facilitates workshop with faith leaders in Goma, DRC

A MenEngage Africa team went to Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), to facilitate a two-day workshop with faith leaders and communities to help them challenge sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and to promote gender equality in their communities.

We support USAID’s workshop on Women’s Economic Empowerment

MenEngage Africa supported a FHI 360 and USAID – US Agency for International Development workshop on Women’s Economic Empowerment & Equality (WE3), which took in Johannesburg, South Africa, in April. Elias Muindi, Programme Officer for MenEngage Africa’s Kenya network, Kenya MenEngage Alliance – KEMEA, spoke in a panel session on Women’s Entrepreneurship and Value Chain Linkages.

Meet MenEngage Namibia’s new co-ordinator

MenEngage Namibia has just added a new member to the family. Tangeni John Ilovu joins the Namibia network as its new co-ordinator. Ilovu brings with him an enthusiasm that will help propel the work that the network has already started to greater heights.
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