Posted by: unhcragd | September 20, 2009

MenEngage Africa Symposium, October 5 – 9, 2009

Photo from the MenEngage Website

Photo from the MenEngage Website

Johannesburg, South Africa – October 5 – 9, 2009

Sonke Gender Justice Network – Strengthening Capacity of Civil Society and Government to Work with Men and Boys on Gender-Based Violence and HIV

Click here for the MenEngage website.

The Symposium will bring together activists, policy makers, service providers and researchers working on gender, HIV, health, development and human rights and will produce clear country and region specific plans of action.

The Symposium will include a range of presentations, skills building activities and work-plan development. Objectives of the meeting include:

a) Developing shared vision of the need for work with men and boys in Africa and the policy, programming and action required

b) Strengthening participants’ ability to implement multi-faceted approaches to working with men and boys on gender and AIDS

c) Developing country and region-specific work-plans with clear, time-bound activities, outputs and outcomes

d) Building and strengthening the MenEngage Alliance, the Pan-Commonwealth Civil Society Network on HIV/AIDS and the Commonwealth Women’s Network in Africa.

Confirmed speakers include: Elhadj As Sy, UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa; Gary Barker, International Center for Research on Women; Mbuyiselo Botha, Sonke Gender Justice Network; Rachel Jewkes, Medical Research Council, South Africa; Robert Morrell, University of KwaZulu-Natal; Anisha Rajapakse, Commonwealth Foundation; Warren Nyamugisira, the Commonwealth Foundation’s Civil Society Advisory Committee.

For more information please contact Orly Stern ( or Regis Mtutu (
or click on the symposium webpage here .

MenEngage is a global alliance of NGOs and UN agencies that seeks to engage boys and men to achieve gender equality. International Steering Committee Members include Promundo (co-chair), International Center for Research on Women (co-chair), the International Planned Parenthood Federation, Family Violence Prevention Fund, EngenderHealth, WHO, UNFPA, UNDP, Sonke Gender Justice Project, Save the Children-Sweden, Sahoyog, the White Ribbon Campaign and Men’s Resources International.



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