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Friday, March 13, 2009

Voice of America Highlights EngenderHealth's Men As Partners® Program

Voice of America, a international radio and television broadcasting service funded by the U.S. Government, profiled EngenderHealth's Men As Partners® program in a broadcast titled “South African Men’s Groups Fight to End Violence, Discrimination Against Women.” You can download an MP3 of the radio broadcast, or read it online.

“This month, women's rights advocates are calling on men and women to join together to fight gender discrimination. They're meeting in New York for the 53rd session of the Committee on the Status of Women [March 2 – 13]. And in South Africa, two NGO's are reaching out to men to help end violence against women. They're also looking at ways to help reduce some of burdens borne by women, like providing almost all of the care for those with HIV/AIDS. From Washington, William Eagle reports.

“Johannesburg community activist Dumisani Rebombo says one out of six men in South Africa commit physical violence against women. Research by Witswatersrand University showed almost one third of sexually experienced women report their first encounter was not consensual.

“Rebombo is an organizer with the Men as Partners outreach group, part of the NGO EngenderHealth.”

Get the rest on Voice of America's web site.

Dumisani has previously appeared on Voice of America's "Healthy Living" television show. You can also hear his story, in his own words, on his digital story on YouTube, along with dozens of other men in our Men As Partners programs around the world.

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