Background & Introduction

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

At the national level, members include more than 680 NGOs from Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, Asia and Europe. The Alliance came together in 2004 with the general goal of working in partnership to promote the engagement of men and boys in achieving gender equality, promoting health and reducing violence at the global level, including questioning the structural barriers to achieving gender equality.To advance the cause of engaging men and boys in achieving gender equality, some of the key national NGOs and INGOs working for promoting gender equality together with key UN partners organized meetings in 2004-2005 to explore ways of working together. As a result of these meetings, the global network — MenEngage Alliance was formed.

Presently, MenEngage is a global alliance of more than 680 non-governmental organizations and UN partners that seeks to engage men and boys in reducing gender inequalities and promoting the health and well-being of women, men, and children. Through country-level and regional networks, MenEngage seeks to provide a collective voice on the need to engage men and boys in efforts for gender equality, to build and improve the field of practice around engaging men in achieving gender justice, and advocating before policymakers at the local, national, regional and international levels. MenEngage partners carry out joint training, advocacy and research activities. In April 2009, the MenEngage Alliance organized the Global Symposium on Engaging Men and Boys in Gender Equality that led to the Rio Call for Action (see http://menengage.org/ ) for the full text of the declaration).