Written by SONKE GENDER JUSTICE NETWORK
Sonke Gender Justice Network, the MenEngage Africa Network and the Women’s Health Research Unit at the University of Cape Town are proud to host the second MenEngage Africa Training Initiative course: ‘Masculinities, Leadership and Gender Justice in Sub-Saharan Africa’, to be held from 16-26 September 2013 at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. This follows the highly successful pilot course that took place in August 2012.
To apply for this training course, complete the online application at: www.menengage.org/mati2013application. For further information, please go to www.mengage.org/mati2013course or refer to the attached document.
About the course
‘Masculinities, Leadership and Gender Justice in Sub-Saharan Africa’ is a short, intensive, ten-day residential course which seeks to expand the skills and knowledge of women and men in the Sub-Saharan Africa region to scale up work on engaging men and boys in gender equality, and build a network of leaders and gender justice advocates. In so doing, it aims to strengthen existing work on the greater involvement of men and boys in the prevention and response to sexual and gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive health and rights, HIV and AIDS, fatherhood, LGBTI rights and other issues pertaining to gender equality.
The course will incorporate a mix of thematic and skills-building sessions - covering both theoretical and practical components - as well as a site visit and daily opportunity for reflection. Thematic sessions will address the topics mentioned above, while the skills building sessions will specifically address leadership (including youth leadership), organisational development, research methods, advocacy, resource mobilisation and monitoring and evaluation.
As part of the training, participants are expected to submit a ‘Project for Change’ proposal, which will be refined during the course and, most importantly, implemented within their respective organisations once the course is completed. The Project for Change is a project or programme that is applicable to engaging men for gender equality. It can focus on sexual and gender based violence, HIV and AIDS, sexual and reproductive health or, LGBTI rights to name a few potential thematic areas. The project can be an existing one that needs to be expanded or strengthened, or a new initiative that must be implemented upon completion of the course. Through the implementation of the Project for Change, it is hoped that participants will be able to practically employ the additional skills and knowledge gained from this training.
To assist participants with the implementation of their Projects for Change, the course incorporates a six month Mentorship Programme. This mentorship component is a critical aspect of the training as it seeks to provide participants with ongoing support and guidance as they implement their projects at the conclusion of the training. Participants can elect their own mentor or have one appointed for them. Ultimately, certification for the MenEngage Africa Training Initiative (MATI) will be based on satisfactory implementation of the Project for Change and thorough engagement in the Mentorship Programme.
The organisers trust that this course will contribute to the strengthening of both individual and organisational capacities, and it is with great pleasure you are hereby invited to apply to attend.
Summary of the first course
From 20-30 August 2012, the first MenEngage Africa Training Initiative course ‘Masculinities, Leadership and Gender Justice in Sub-Saharan Africa’ took place at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. It brought together 23 participants (14 males and 9 females) from 13 African countries. Course content was delivered by global and regional experts and leaders in the fields of gender, human rights and social justice, for example, on topics such as ‘Why Engage Men?’ and ‘Gender, Culture, Tradition and Religion.’ Evaluations from the first course indicated that participants found the training very useful and it increased their knowledge and skills by 41 %. This is a positive outcome demonstrating that the modules on the course were effective in transferring knowledge and skills to participants on how to work with men and boys for gender equality.
The course is intended for gender activists, programme staff and project managers from women’s rights, children’s rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, HIV and AIDS, and LGBTI organisations, youth leaders, government officials, UN Agency representatives, donors, academics and media advocates.
Who is eligible?
The ideal candidate will:
There are no registration fees. Applicants are requested to cover all travel-related costs in full. Accommodation and course costs will be covered by the hosts.
A very limited number of scholarships to cover the full cost of participation are available. The hosts encourage ALL interested parties to apply.
To apply, please go to http://www.menengage.org/mati2013application to fill out the on-line application form.
Applications are to be completed by no later than 31 May 2013. Once completed, you will receive an email confirming receipt of your application. Successful candidates will be notified by no later than 1 July 2013.
Written by PEOPLES PARTY WING, USA
February 27, 2013
Malawians in the USA/General Public:
We would like to take this opportunity to announce the launching of People’s Party USA Wing. This is an extension of the Ruling People’s Party of Malawi. PP Wing USA was established to help provide Malawian citizens in the USA a channel of communication to express their concerns, views, and provide ideas towards building a greater Malawi.
Just as Our Leader Dr. Joyce Banda understands and stresses the importance of UNITY among all Malawians, this event is open to ALL Malawians in the USA, worldwide and all friends of Malawi. PP Wing USA understands the need for Malawians abroad regardless of their party orientation to step up and provide sound input and ideas to help govern and re-build our beloved country using PP’s party values: Unity, Equity and Development.
This auspicious event will take place in South Bend, Indiana on the 23rd of March, 2013 at 4:00PM Eastern Time at The Woodward: 111 Woodward Ct, South Bend, Indiana, 46601
For more Information and reservations of seats, please feel free to contact us using the following contact details:
Facebook: Ppwing Amerika Moto
On behalf of our party I would like to thank all of you in advance for being a part of this event. We look forward to interacting with all of you.
Bernard P. Kanjoma
Public Relations Strategist
Written by MALAWI EMBASSY IN USA
UPDATED:PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
THE Embassy of Malawi in Washington DC, USA would like to inform all Malawians resident in Atlanta, Georgia and surrounding states of Florida, North and South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana that the immigration officer from the embassy is in Atlanta, Georgia for the passport replacement process and will depart on October 17th 2012. All those who wish to have their passports replaced are requested to meet the officer in Atlanta at Comfort Inn, Buckhead North Conference Centre, 5793 Roswell Road Ne, Sandy Springs, Georgia 30328. Kindly pass on the information to Malawians in the named areas and note that Passports shall be replaced regardless of the applicant’s status.Operational hours are from 08.30 am to 05.00pm including Saturday and Sunday.
Applicants are reminded to bring the following with them:
Applicants are also reminded that children, regardless of age, are required to have their own Passports and should report in person to the Immigration Officer accompanied by their parents and legal guardians to have their fingerprints taken. Legal guardians must provide authenticated proof of adoption or legal guardianship.
Written by A MARAPOST CORRESPONDENT
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
“A promise is A Promise” is the theme of the Official Commemoration of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women organized by the United Nations Secretary-General’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women. It's a call from the United Nations to Governments and leaders to translate international promises into concrete national action.
Why: Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of human rights. In some countries, up to 7 in 10 women will be beaten, raped, abused or mutilated in their lifetimes.
International and regional legal instruments have outlined the obligations of States to prevent, eradicate and punish violence against women and girls. However, the continued prevalence of violence against women and girls demonstrates that this gross human rights violation is yet to be tackled with all the necessary political commitment, action and resources.
Who: Speakers include United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, H.E. Ms. Marjon V. Kamara, Permanent Mission of Liberia, Chair of CSW, Mr. Dhruv Arora (India) , Member of UNiTE Global Youth Network and a winner of the UN summit Youth Award 2012 for GotStaredAt, Ms. Marai Larasi (United Kingdom), Executive Director, Imkaan . The event will be moderated by Ms. Juju Chang, ABS News Correspondent.
Where: UN Headquarters, North Lawn Building, Conference Room 6
When: 28 November 2012 3:15pm – 4:15 pm
The event will be webcast live at www.unwomen.org. It's open to accredited media but seats are extremely limited. Please rsvp to media contact above.
Follow the event on Twitter: Live tweeting from @SayNO_UNiTE and @UN_Women; hashtag #promiseUNiTE
Written by MARAPOST