Links to partners, projects, initiatives and useful resources
UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is an international development agency that promotes the right of universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights and aims to reduce maternal mortality and accelerate progress on the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) agenda and MDG 5. UNFPA also supports countries in using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect.
In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. In doing so, UN Member States took an historic step in accelerating the Organization’s goals on gender equality and the empowerment of women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system, which focused exclusively on gender equality and women’s empowerment: Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW), Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women (OSAGI)and United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
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 Sonke Gender Justice Network (co-chair),Promundo (co-chair), EngenderHealth, Family Violence Prevention Fund, International Center for Research on Women , International Planned Parenthood Federation, Men’s Resources International (United States), Salud y Genero (Mexico), Save the Children-Sweden, Sahoyog, White Ribbon Campaign, WHO, UNDP, UNFPA and UNIFEM. At the national level, members include more than 400 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.
Official Website: http://www.menengage.org/
Sonke Gender Justice Network was established in 2006. Today, Sonke has established a growing presence on the African continent and plays an active role internationally. Sonke works to create the change necessary for men, women, young people and children to enjoy equitable, healthy and happy relationships that contribute to the development of just and democratic societies. Sonke pursues this goal across Southern Africa by using a human rights framework to build the capacity of government, civil society organisations and citizens to achieve gender equality, prevent gender-based violence and reduce the spread of HIV and the impact of AIDS.
Official Website: http://www.genderjustice.org.za/
A Call to Men (ACT Men Academy)
A Call to Men is a leading national men’s organization addressing domestic and sexual violence prevention and the promotion of healthy manhood. We are committed to maintaining strong partnerships with women’s organizations already doing this important work. We help to organize communities in order to raise awareness and get men involved in this effort.
Must Bol Campaign led by a core group of 22 young people from Delhi, exploring the realities of how dominant gender norms create restrictive situations in our lives and inviting other young people to join the dialogue and efforts to change the situation. It is a call to young people to examine violence in their lives and speak out against it. To recognize it, to talk about it, and to address it. This is violence that all of us witness, experience and participate in and many times emerges from our gender identities.
Founded in 1997, Instituto Promundo is a Brazilian NGO that seeks to promote gender equality and end violence against women, children and youth. Based in Washington, DC, Promundo-US is a separately incorporated organization that collaborates with Instiituto Promundo on international advocacy, program development and communications.
Official Website: http://www.promundo.org.br/en/
Centre for Gender and Development Studies – University of the West Indies (Mona)
The Centre for Gender and Development Studies (CGDS) Mona Unit (Jamaica) is one of four (4) CGDS Units in the University of the West Indies (UWI) and is headed by Dr Leith Dunn. The other CGDS Units include: the Regional Coordinating Unit (RCU) headed by Professor Barbara Bailey (also at Mona); the CGDS Cave Hill Unit (Barbados) headed by Professor Eudine Barriteau and the CGDS St Augustine Unit (Trinidad and Tobago), headed by Professor Rhoda Reddock.The Centre for Gender and Development Studies is an interdisciplinary programme committed to teaching, research and outreach which focuses on issues relating to women, men/masculinities as well as gender and development
Womens Media Watch
Women’s Media Watch Jamaica is a civil society, non-profit organization comprising a core volunteer membership of women and a wide network of male and female associates. Founded in 1987, WMW is volunteer-driven and operates a small secretariat with three part-time staff. Its aims are to reduce gender-based violence in the media and in society in order to achieve balanced gender relations and gender equality, to be a dynamic organization committed to reducing gender-based violence and promoting gender equity and to promote a gendered analysis of the media in order to increase awareness of the influence of the media in our lives.
One Man Can Project
Men Care – A Global Fatherhood Campaign – is coordinated by Promundo, Sonke and the MenEngage Alliance, as an effort to promote men’s involvement as fathers and as caregivers. It seeks to provide support materials, messages, policy recommendations and research to encourage local MenEngage partners, NGOs, women’s rights organizations, governments and UN partners to implement campaign activities in their settings.
Official site: http://www.men-care.org/