Men for Gender Equality Now (MEGEN) was formed in the year 2001 as an initiative to engage with men and boys for the promotion of gender equality and human rights. Since its inception, MEGEN have worked with different stakeholders to ensure its programmes reach a wide audience and particularly people at the grassroots. MEGEN was first registered as an autonomous Society in Kenya in 2005. In 2011, the organisation changed status to a National Non- Governmental Organisation. Our experience helped us to broaden our thinking and thus widen the scope of our thinking and engagement. As we interacted with different communities, the intersection between Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV), HIV & AIDS became apparent. We found a group of men who gave us inspiration in working with men and to help them live positively especially those who had contracted HIV & AIDS.

MEGEN’s community activism and programmes have provided a foundation to advance human rights for all. The programmes are based on a set of internal institutional priorities that translate to the deliverance on its mandate. The organisation’s work is centered around four main strategic directions and priorities i.e. Communication and Advocacy, Capacity Building, Survivors Support, Research and Development. The focus areas have been identified based on it’s mandate and the foundation laid in the last decade of MEGEN’s history. The concerted efforts and priorities have been ground- breaking and daring.

MEGEN’s theory of change is based on experience of influencing policy and practice, within advocacy networks, underpinned by the understanding that there are multiple, contextually specific pathways to change. Work to change political, economic, cultural, social and religious norms and power relations which prevent gender equality and the realisation of equal human rights needs to be coupled with efforts to identify and disrupt, adapt or dismantle policies, structures and systems which reinforce negative norms and stereotypes.

Right from the beginning we have had people who are creative and we have provided an ample ground for tapping and nurturing people’s talents. Our concerted efforts have been ground- breaking and daring; we defined new models for community based male engagement in human rights promotion, gender equality and combating Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV), HIV & AIDS. MEGEN members have been diligent advocates for human rights and gender equality. Our community activism and programmes have provided a foundation to advance human rights for all. We have made remarkable progress since becoming autonomous in February 2009 including changing status to a Non- Governmental Organisation (NGO) in December 2011. The significant advancements have happened at a time of dire financial constraints that threatened MEGEN’s work.

MEGEN endeavors to create a resource pool to ensure that its set objectives become a reality. As an organisation working towards the realisation of gender justice, we understand that in order to transform cultures of violence, there is need to accelerate the engagement of men as allies in efforts towards gender justice. This has been based on the understanding that men sustain, reproduce and legitimize the majority of social structures that justify the subordination of women, promote unhealthy male behaviour and undermine attempts by other men to become involved in social justice initiatives”. Boys on the other hand imitate and adopt what men in their communities do whether negative or positive. Men are also gate-keepers of economic, political and socio-cultural resources (the very resources required to implement women’s claims for justice), as well as decision-makers in their households and communities and the key receptive audience (or obstacle).

MISSION

Transforming the Kenyan Society to denounce all forms of violence and embrace gender equality and human rights

VISION

A violence free society where females and males are valued equally.

MISSION STATEMENT

MEGEN will pursue its vision through exemplary leadership, service to humanity, alliance building between females and males with an aim of ensuring a harmonious and just society.

CORE VALUES

  1. Principle of gender equality
  2. Integrity and accountability
  3. Inclusivity & Non-discrimination
  4. Commitment
  5. Innovation and creativity
  6. Responsibility

Organizational Structure

MEGEN is a national membership based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) domiciled in Nairobi, Kenya. The organisation conducts its activities through its members spread out in different counties around Kenya. The members form local Chapters that are spearheaded by focal point persons who coordinate activities at the local Chapters.

The administrative structure is comprised of:

  • An elected nine (9) member Board that includes the Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer (honorary) and five other members who are expatriate including the Executive Director who is an Ex-Officio member of the Board.
  • Secretariat, which is the implementing body of MEGEN and is, comprised of six (6) members of staff four (4) Program Officers (working as volunteers, Financial Administrator and the Executive Director who heads the Secretariat.
  • Focal point persons who operate and coordinate activities from the local Chapters at the grassroots level.
  • MEGEN members from different localities who are the resource persons at the community level and also serve as volunteers.

MEGEN has collaborated with the following organizations

MEGEN has made tremendous achievements because of the commitment of its own membership and the support of partners who had the foresight to appreciate the role of men in fighting gender inequality and specifically the elimination of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV). The list below may not be exhaustive but the following partners including individuals have been key to our success