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Inclusion, Diversity and Equality in Africa

AFRICA MEN RISING AGAINST GBV
There are ways that African men and women, as individuals, and collectively, can move forward;to be healthier and more closely in alignment with positive and dynamic values.
Mandate and Vision:
Mandate:
To provide a safe space where the community members can discuss issues of masculinity in our societies and broader continent, and work to end sexualized violence in all its forms and
expressions.
Vision:
To contribute to an environment free from sexualized violence; provide an opportunity for men
of all ages and from all foundations to reflect on the nature, part and duties of masculinity; and mature towards healthier expressions of the masculine experience.
Hence the introduction of 2 programs
1. African men against Violence
2. Collective Action Africa
Both Programs are run by the same guidelines that we will list below. These programs aim at being inclusive about activism and the fight against Gender-based Violence.
Possible outcomes associated with AMAV:
Can contribute to:
1. Lower rates of sexual assault
2. Reduced physical violence or Decreased bullying social media violence
3. Contributes to a culture of respect, safety and inclusion.

ENTAILS:
1. Regular weekly online meetings.
2. Monthly retreat.
3. Daily online campaigns and affirmations
4. Collaboration on programs that lean towards ending GBV
PURPOSE?

Exploring the social construct of masculinity
Examining the male privilege
Hearing the voices of women and their experiences
Learning how men can show up as better allies for their fellow community members.

QUESTIONS THAT ONE CAN ASK
➔ How often does inaction stem from thinking an issue doesn’t affect us?
➔ How often does the failure to show up, or speak up, become a tacit support for the
structures of violence that pervade our society?
➔ Even if we’re aware of the damaging impacts of violence and misogyny, how often do we
not know what to say, or how to say it in a way that will make a difference?
We believe that the AAV program could provide support, awareness and guidance to men willing to dedicate their time to getting the training necessary to curbing the prevalence of GBV and oppressive norms.

What is African men against Violence? (AMAV)
African Men Against Violence (AMAV) would be a group of men focused on exploring the roots
of sexualized & structural violence as well as the nature of male privilege in our personal
experience,African communities and society at large. With consultation from women leaders within our community, AMAV will develop, organize and present opportunities to educate and inspire men in African communities to experience and express our masculinity in healthier ways, and be better allies for women.
AMAV Strategic Focus:
This project will reflect the strategic focus on creating awareness by contributing to a safe and respectful environment for all community members.
As that culture is established and recognized, it becomes an institutional asset when seeking to attract and retain a diverse and inclusive African community. Programs like this proposal can be a transformative element in a man’s experience on women.
The design of the program being proposed is such that participants at all levels will be
encouraged to contribute to the design and presentation of the activities undertaken. In this way, this proposal offers community members an opportunity to participate in the community’s strategic focus on Service. Any work community members and organizations can offer to demonstrate its commitment to creating a safe and respectful environment will reflect its strategic focus on Partnership and Reputation as well as contributing to the strategic focus on
Infrastructure and Support, specifically, fostering a societal culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness.
The AMAV proposal engages men across the African community, from men and women, so thateach of us, regardless of our relationship to the the societal held moral standards, can contribute to an environment where everyone feels safe and respected.The themes presented reflect the essence of the program being proposed. Where we reflect together on the nature of masculinity and the experience of men and women in our society,
seeking understanding and how we can take responsibility for showing up in healthier ways, to contribute to a process of healing, and a healthier world, in our broader society and in our local community.
Example activities or discussion groups / collaborations:
Discussion Series (see below examples):
1. The social construct of masculinity in Kenyan society
2. How misogyny hurts men
3. Listening to the voices of women
Bystander intervention training
White ribbon campaign
Conflict resolution training
Ally training
Documentary and media presentations with discussion.

 

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