Men Empowerment Approach (MEA)
What is it about?
Men Empowerment Approach (MEA) considers the high importance of behavioral change amongst men to achieve gender equality and to foster women and children‘s rights. The MEA recognizes men and boys as equal partners in the development process whose contribution and involvement is necessary if human rights and sustainable development is to be realized.
Government and various agencies have continued to put more emphasis on women and the girl-child empowerment while excluding men and boys. This had led to the boys and the men being left out of social groupings and focus groups, which have mainly targeted women and girls, despite the fact that the man is still considered to be the head of the family.
What does it change?
MEA aims to create a participatory environment with equal focus on men and women/ boys and girls. It leads to a gender sensitive socialization process for boys and girls, men and women with greater gender awareness, and family role and peers systems that reduce gender stereotypes hindering achievement of gender equity.
How does it work?
A number of methods is used to implement this approach:
• Working on the Grassroots Level
• Participatory Integrated Community Development (PICD)
• ‚Stepping Stones‘
• Participatory Analysis of Poverty and Livelihood Dynamic (PAPOLD)
• Comprehensive Participatory Planning and Evaluation (CPPE)
• Collection of most significant stories (CMSS)
• Involvement of opinion leaders and networking with other institutions
Who are the beneficiaries?
Families, Opinion Leaders, Community Based Organizations (CBO), Non-Government Organizations (NGO).
Who could use that approach?
Local NGOs in the area of girl, women, and family empowerment (gender equality)
Who is already using it?
Our project partner in Kenya: Tropical Initiatives in Poverty Alleviation (STIPA)