The only engaging men and boys’ organisation in Mozambique, Hopem is a network of 25 NGOs and human rights defenders and activists that works to affirm the human rights of Mozambican men, women, and children. The coalition focuses on five areas: sexual and reproductive health (SRH), gender equality advocacy, gender-based violence (GBV), organizational development, and peace building.
They train journalists and media personnel on SRH, gender equality, and GBV, as well as engage artists and athletes who influence public opinion within their communities and the country as a whole. They also have a weekly broadcast on national television called “Homem Que é Homem” (Real Man) which promotes new masculinity norms.
Another of their activities promoting education and awareness is “Men in the Kitchen,” a television program in which we encourage men, particularly young men, to participate more actively in maintaining the household. This is also a way to challenge constructions (or concepts) of masculinity and femininity and change power relationships within the home. The issues that the program addresses have been previously identified in focus group sessions, where men expressed that they felt they did not have opportunities to take action to support women and girls. “Men in the Kitchen” is an opportunity for them to develop their own skills and assume household responsibilities.
HOPEM chairs the MenEngage Mozambique Country Network.
The country network works together with youth groups, students, senior managers from civil society organizations, senior government officers from relevant sectors and men and boys, generally between the ages of 15 to 49.
Some of the activities are:
- Trainings on masculinities, violence against women, SRH and HIV
- Men’s march for gender equality
- Media based campaigns and
- Policy and program workshops
Some of the issues addressed through these activities include:
- Issues of culture (attitudes, values, norms, beliefs) around gender that are harmful to men and women
- Violence against women, multiple and concurrent partnerships, negative manhood
- Messages against violence against women using men to men approaches
- Policy gaps and issues around the work with men and boys
As a result we have seen that:
- More men have increasingly recognized gender related vulnerabilities
- Almost 40 celebrities, personalities, intellectuals broke the silence on VAW
- The government of Mozambique, through the Ministry of Women and Social Action is increasingly integrating men and boys approaches into its work
HOPEM is coordinated by a steering committee hosted by the National Forum of Community Radios (FORCOM). Both networks have signed a memorandum of understanding under which HOPEM is hosted by FORCOM.
Lear more about HOPEM on their website.