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About the Hosts

The 5 Days of Violence Prevention Conference will be co-hosted by the following organisations:


MenEngage Africa

This is the African regional alliance of MenEngage Global. It is made up of country networks from 22 countries in the continent.

MenEngage advocates around various issues where gender directly affects the lives of women and men. Some of the work the alliance does includes:

  • Promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights.
  • Increasing HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.
  • Ending violence against women and girls.
  • Combating homophobia/transphobia and advocating for LGBTI rights.
  • Reducing forms of violence between men and boys.
  • Preventing child sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and trafficking.
  • Supporting men’s positive involvement in maternal and child health – as fathers or caregivers.
  • Addressing macro-level policies that perpetuate gender inequalities.
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MenEngage Global

MenEngage Alliance is a global alliance made up of dozens of country networks spread across many regions of the world, hundreds of non-governmental organisations, as well as UN partners.

MenEngage Alliance members work collectively and individually toward advancing gender justice, human rights and social justice to achieve a world in which all can enjoy healthy, fulfilling and equitable relationships and their full potential.

Through their country-level and regional networks, the MenEngage Alliance seeks to provide a collective voice on the need to engage men and boys in 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.

At global level, MenEngage is governed by a Global Board. The Global Secretariat is based in Washington DC, and sees to the implementation of the Alliance’s strategic priorities and plan. This includes coordinating and overseeing thematic working groups.

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Sonke Gender Justice

Sonke Gender Justice is a South African registered Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) established in 2006. Sonke works across Africa to strengthen government, civil society and citizen capacity to promote gender equality, prevent domestic and sexual violence, and reduce the spread and impact of HIV/AIDS.

Sonke’s vision is a world in which men, women and children can enjoy equitable, healthy and happy relationships that contribute to the development of just and democratic societies.

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Men for Gender Equality Sweden

Men for Gender Equality Sweden is a Swedish non-governmental organisation in the field of engaging men and boys in gender equality and violence prevention. The Swedish name of the organisation is Män för Jämställdhet. Men for Gender Equality Sweden focuses on social norms of masculinities – how they are formed, how they influence society, relations and individuals, and how they can be reformed to contribute to gender equality, freedom from violence and better health for women, girls, boys and men.

The activities of Men for Gender Equality Sweden comprise of advocacy, networking, public-awareness, training, and the development and delivery of services and programmes for primary prevention of violence – directed towards groups of men and boys as well as individuals.

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FEMNET (The African Women’s Development and Communication Network) is a feminist, pan-African organisation with over 500 individual and institutional members in 43 countries in Africa and in the diaspora working to amplify African women’s voices and advance women’s rights.

Established in 1988 with their secretariat based in Nairobi, Kenya, FEMNET continues to strengthen the role and contribution of African CSOs focusing on women’s rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment. Over the years, FEMNET has played a central role in facilitating the sharing of information, experiences, ideas and strategies among African women’s NGOs and individual activists as a strategy for strengthening women’s capacity to participate effectively in development processes at different levels.

FEMNET has played a lead role in building the women’s movement in Africa and has ensured that African women’s voices are amplified and influence decisions made at national, regional and global levels, which have direct and indirect impact on their lives.

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MOSAIC is a registered Non Profit Organisation offering a holistic set of interventions, expertise, knowledge and experience in the areas of Violence Against Women (VAW), Domestic Violence (DV), Sexual Violence (SV) and Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH).

Working within a human rights framework, its main objectives are increasing availability, accessibility and high-quality integrated services of survivors of abuse and domestic violence.

What MOSAIC does:

  • Public awareness/education about abuse and domestic violence.
  • Individual, family and couple counselling for survivors and those at risk of domestic violence.
  • Counselling for both victim and perpetrator.
  • Workshops about gender-based violence and related topics.
  • Networking, lobbying and advocacy for human rights.
  • Youth and adult male programmes.
  • Legal and human rights education.
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Soul City Institute

The Soul City Institute was established in 1992, when South Africa was on the brink of democratic change, and has remained a health-promotion organisation, subscribing to the principles of the World Health Organisation’s Ottawa Charter. According to the charter, health is a product of a range of actions that include building an enabling environment, advocacy for healthy public policy, community action, developing personal skills and re-orientating health services towards the health promotion approach.

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Prevention+ is a five-year multi-country programme that contributes to the vision of ending gender-based violence (GBV). The programme fosters positive interactions and gender-equitable relationships through two approaches. It works at four levels of society – individual, community, institutional and government – to transform the mutually reinforcing social and structural factors that allow for GBV to persist. And, it promotes the active support of young and adult men as part of the solution to end GBV.

Prevention+ is coordinated internationally by Rutgers, Promundo and Sonke Gender Justice. It is active in Indonesia, Pakistan, Rwanda, Uganda, parts of the Middle East and North Africa, and it partners with MenEngage Alliance on advocacy strategies and activities. It is an initiative supported by the FLOW (Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women) programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.

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We Will Speak Out

We Will Speak Out (WWSO) is a global coalition of Christian-based NGOs, churches and organisations, supported by an alliance of technical partners and individuals who together commit themselves to see the end of sexual violence across communities around the world. The WWSO coalition is committed to empowering women and girls, to transforming relationships between women and men, and ensuring that the voices of survivors of sexual violence – women, girls, men and boys – are central to their work.

We Will Speak Out’s mission is to harness efforts to prevent and eliminate sexual violence by supporting faith groups to speak out against sexual violence, show strong and positive leadership and become a ‘safe’ place for people to go to.

As a coalition, We Will Speak Out works together to influence legislation and policies with a united voice. The Coalition seeks to give a voice to those who are most marginalised and create platforms for their voices to be heard.

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UN Women

UN Women is the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.

UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services needed to ensure that the standards are effectively implemented and truly benefit women and girls worldwide.

What UN Women does:

  • Increasing women’s leadership and participation.
  • Ending violence against women.
  • Engaging women in all aspects of peace and security processes.
  • Enhancing women’s economic empowerment.
  • Making gender equality central to national development planning and budgeting.

UN Women also coordinates and promotes the UN system’s work in advancing gender equality, and in all deliberations and agreements linked to the 2030 Agenda. The entity works to position gender equality as fundamental to the Sustainable Development Goals, and a more inclusive world.

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