Gender-based violence is an epidemic that destroys human rights, reverses gains in development, empties public coffers and devastates families and communities. It is a human rights issue. It is a public health issue, a human development issue and an economic issue.
Despite of progress towards gender equality injustices that disadvantage girls and women, including boys and men, persist in South Asia and continues to undermine democracy, impede development and compromise people’s lives.
The primary focus of MenEngage Alliance in South Asia is on strengthening the alliance, knowledge sharing, capacity development, and building collaboration among the organisations both at the regional and national levels.
The effective collaboration between some national and regional organisations and agencies has been enhanced such as IPPF-South Asia Regional office and its associates at the countries, Partners for Prevention, South Asia Coordinating Group on violence against children and women (SACG), Care International in Sri Lanka and Nepal, and USAID & GTZ in Nepal.
There is a two tiered regional governance structure with a Steering Committee and a smaller Executive Working group. The Steering Committee consists of 3 representatives from each country networks (4 at the moment) as decided by the country alliance in respective countries, a representative from the global steering committee and a representative from regional secretariat.
Mr. Laxman Belbase
Network with people working with men and boys for gender justice across East and Southeast Asia through the EngagingMen.Net interactive community: www.engagingmen.net/regions/east and south east asia.