How does change happen? What can spark men and women to start challenging the gender roles they have been socialized into performing? And is it possible for men who have always had negative attitudes towards women, even using violence to control women, to change and become activists for gender equality?
In this book, gender justice activists from the organisation Men for Gender Equality Now (MEGEN Kenya) share their personal experiences as individuals and as Changemakers. MEGEN Kenya works to challenge unequal power relations between men and women, transform harmful masculinities into positive ones, and put an end to gender-based violence (GBV). It was started in 2001 by the African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET), and it presently has over 200 active members, working in 15 constituencies in Kenya.
Besides personal stories told by activists, this publication also includes short briefs on the work of MEGEN Kenya, highlighting the challenges, successes and lessons learnt in different program areas. The aim of publicly sharing these experiences is to inspire other organizations to learn from FEMNETs and MEGENs work with men to promote gender equality.