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Real Man Africa

Young Advocates for Change
April 5, 2018



#RealManIs is a three-year programme that was initiated in 2016 to engage men and boys to actively participate in the campaign to end violence against women in selected communities in Kenya and Zambia. The programme is designed around the Transformative Masculinity aspect of S2C. This programme is being implemented in partnership with Kenya YMCA, Zambia YMCA and PAWA 254.


  • A manual was designed and tested with youth in Kenya and Zambia;
  • 60 male Gender Change Catalysts were trained in Kenya and Zambia;
  • Catalysts reached almost 800 peers primarily in secondary schools, tertiary institutions of learning, and community youth;
  • For workplace safety, 17 Human Resource Managers were engaged in workplace policies vis-à-vis the existing laws and standards;
  • Workplace sessions engaged 75 staff as well as 25 departmental heads;
  • The online campaign during Father’s Day in June reached 186 683 people;
  • Kenya YMCA and Zambia YMCA have been able to establish partnerships with
  • 14 local radio stations and 4 print media establishments; and
  • 25 stakeholders were engaged, among them religious leaders, local political leaders, departmental heads and duty bearers.


  • Increased understanding of what constitutes violence against women and the positive role men and boys can play;
  • Increased knowledge of transformative masculinity through self-awareness;
  • Increased awareness and interest in YMCA from radio presence;
  • Changed perceptions and resulting behaviour by men and boys towards women and girls;
  • Transforming family and communities through role modelling;
  • Engagement more welcome from management in workplaces to learn about anti-sexual harassment:
  • Policy development in workplaces;
  • School invitations to share more on transformative masculinity to address issues in the schools; and
  • Better collaboration between males and females to understand and change from masculinity sessions.