MenEngage Africa is one of six continental members of the global MenEngage Alliance. Sonke is the Secretariat of MenEngage Africa (MEA), which consists of 22 country networks spread across East, West, Central and Southern Africa, which form the AGM – the highest decision making body of MEA consisting of over 350 non-governmental organizations at grass-root, national and regional levels.
MEA members work collectively toward advancing gender justice, human rights and social justice in key thematic areas including Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), gender-based violence (GBV) & HIV prevention, Child Rights and Positive Parenting and in promoting peace on the continent.
The members implement joint advocacy programmes at national level with their governments, regional level with Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and at international levels at various platforms on the MEA thematic areas.
The alliance falls within the scope of Sonke’s Regional Programmes Unit, where staff within the unit work to support partner organizations across the 22 countries to implement work in the MEA campaign and thematic areas, build capacity for organizations to implement gender transformative work through community mobilization and education, media and communications, policy advocacy and research.
Sonke’s role is to provide technical support to the networks on communications, advocacy, movement building, research and knowledge management.