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Monday, March 30, 2009

Live from MenEngage Rio: Opening ceremony

Posted by Flavian Rhode

The magnitude of what I am a part of hit me square in the face listening to the introductory remarks during of the Global Symposium for Engaging Men and Boys in beautiful Rio de Janeiro. For the first time, I was in a room surrounded by people who really get what my work is about, people who are passionate, driven and committed to making gender equity a worldwide reality.

The Symposium is helping us learn from one another and reinforcing that we’re all together on this journey. But more than that, once again I realize that the smallest act can lead to positive change. It takes but one person....what have I done to make a change today?....what about you?....Ciao.

Flavian Rhode is currently working with EngenderHealth's Men As Partners® program in Namibia, assisting local organizations in incorporating male engagement activities into their programs. Mr. Rhode was formerly head of ChildLine. He also has experience in counseling, particularly couples counseling and relationships. Mr. Rhode has tertiary postgraduate qualifications in psychology and the performing arts. He is currently enrolled at the University of Stellenbosch, where he is pursuing a Masters degree in Public Health.

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