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  • 18 Oct 2023 10:30 AM | Craig Norberg-Bohm (Administrator)

    MERGE for Equality Awarded $5,000 Grant from The Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation

    Boston, MA – October, 18 2023 – MERGE for Equality, a program of The North American MenEngage Network (NAMEN), a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting gender equality, is thrilled to announce that it has been awarded a generous grant of $5,000 from The Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation. These funds will be instrumental in advancing the Spanish language and cultural adaptation of the MERGE Training for Early Childhood Educators, making this crucial program more accessible and inclusive.

    The MERGE Training for Early Childhood Educators, Developing Healthy Boys,  is a pioneering program that empowers educators to foster an equitable learning environment from the very start of a child's educational journey. By training educators to address issues related to gender, power, and socialization, the program helps create a foundation for a more just and equal society.

    This grant from The Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation will be used to facilitate the implementation of a cultural adaptation of the program's materials into Spanish, allowing a wider group of educators, particularly in Spanish-speaking communities, to engage with and benefit from this valuable training. In addition, it will support the development of resources that are sensitive to the cultural nuances and specific needs of these communities.

    "We are immensely grateful to The Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation for their generous support," said Craig Norberg-Bohm, Operations Manager at MERGE for Equality. "This grant will enable us to expand our reach and impact, ensuring that our training reaches a more diverse group of educators and, by extension, the children under their care."

    The grant aligns perfectly with the core mission of NAMEN, which is committed to addressing issues of gender and equality across various demographics. By making the MERGE Training for Early Childhood Educators available in Spanish and culturally adapted, the organization takes a significant step towards fostering equitable environments and values from an early age.

    The Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation has a longstanding commitment to supporting initiatives that promote education, health, and wellness in the community. Their partnership with MERGE for Equality underscores their dedication to making a positive impact on the lives of children and educators in the region.

    About MERGE for Equality:

    MERGE for Equality is a non-profit organization that advocates for gender equality through transformative education and training programs. By working with schools, organizations, and communities, MERGE for Equality seeks to create a more equitable world by improving the understanding of boys, where every individual can thrive.

    For more information, visit www.mergeforequality.org

    About The Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation:

    The Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation is a philanthropic organization committed to improving the quality of life for residents in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. They support initiatives in the areas of education, health, and wellness to strengthen communities and create a brighter future.

    For more information, visit www.davisfdn.org.


    For media inquiries, please contact Craig Norberg-Bohm at 413-586-3734

    or craig@mergeforequality.org.

  • 22 Feb 2023 1:46 PM | Craig Norberg-Bohm (Administrator)


    Thursdays, 1pm-3pm ET

    March 23 - Celebrating the MenEngage Code of Conduct
    How we hold ourselves to high standards

    May 25 
    Engaging Men in the Calls for Justice (Canada): Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Two-Spirit, Transgender and Gender-diverse people

    Join our Canadian partners share their experience and vision for a future with zero male violence against women


    June 8 - Deeds Driven Dads - Supporting Nurturing Fathers Curriculum, where we lift up Male Caregivers as part of the solution to gender equality and safe families.


    Watch our website for registration.

    Join us this Spring!!

  • 22 Aug 2022 1:31 PM | Craig Norberg-Bohm (Administrator)

    NAMEN offers comprehensive Fatherhood program development survey.

    Under the leadership of the new Interim Executive Director, and in support of the growing number of members working closely with fathers, seeking guidance in the creation of comprehensive-sustainable programming, NAMEN has created a detailed survey highlighting the service needs and curriculum design articulated by the target audience.  This data collection tool is now available to NAMEN members, gathering specific information, schedule preference, outreach methodologies and engagement strategies which when compiled, will be the catalyst for comprehensive-fiscally sound program implementation. 

    Fatherhood Survey Tool.  Available as an electronic or paper survey.

    Sample Survey - PDF

    Contact Us for further information

  • 19 Aug 2022 6:44 PM | Craig Norberg-Bohm (Administrator)

    Upon completion of a national search, NAMEN has selected Stevan “Coach” Lynn as the Interim Executive Director leading the organization into 2023, with a robust agenda set forth by the Board of Directors. With an extensive background as an architect in the Global Responsible Fatherhood Movement, Coach Lynn has been a catalyst in the development, implementation, monitoring and promotion of innovative, sustainable outreach initiatives, supporting fathers, father figures and future fathers across the Nation.

    As the Executive Director of the International Fatherhood Advocacy and Training firm, Deeds Driven Dads Inc. Coach Lynn has worked with a myriad of community partners from multiple governmental ministries to national organizations on identifying and implementing responsible fatherhood best practices in caregiving techniques and effective parenting skills development along with groundbreaking young male mentorship initiatives addressing myths and misconceptions associated with masculinity in all its forms. In addition to Deeds Driven Dads, Coach Lynn is the creator and CEO of the Caribbean Fatherhood Coalition, a uniquely designed advocacy initiative providing technical assistance, policy development, direct service training and capacity building strategies to affiliate programs establishing therapeutic male involvement and outreach programs within their respective nations and the region from Haiti to Trinidad.

    As a seasoned community development specialist working in marginal communities across the nation, Coach Lynn has provided leadership in critical areas confronting men and boys, working in collaboration with agencies from Federal Penitentiary Systems to NYC Administration for Children & Family Services, Large City Public Housing Administrations to National Family Support Coalitions, breaking new ground in the provision of in-depth participant assessment and engagement with great success.  These valuable experiences were enhanced by Coach Lynn’s vision which included producing the nations #1 and only award winning television program targeting the instruction of fathers; Dare 2 Dream, A Fathers Guide to Success as well as writing and directing riveting short films via That’s My Father Production, while facilitating the hands on, interactive trainings via Coach’s Classics, The Fatherhood Emergency Response Training, Coach’s Rookie Camp and the coveted Future Fathers Club.

    On the National Stage, Coach Lynn and Deeds Driven Dads have orchestrated the event “Dads Take Your Child to School Day” convening fathers and father figures within the local schools, gathering information, resources, guidance and support from the administration and community based fatherhood programs.  This year's event scheduled for September 22nd, 2022 is themed “My Child’s Safety First” with focus on prevention methods, training and communications.

    Dads Take Your Child to School Day PSA; The Call!


  • 27 Jun 2022 9:01 PM | Craig Norberg-Bohm (Administrator)

    Men must understand that denying access to safe abortion is a form of gender-based violence and a denial of fundamental human rights, dignity and freedom

    JOINT STATEMENT: Urgent response to the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn Roe vs. Wade

    On 24 June 2022, the US Supreme Court has made the decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade, putting an end to 50 years of recognized constitutional right to safe abortion in the United States of America.

    We, MenEngage Global Alliance and North American MenEngage Network (NAMEN) are deeply outraged about the concerted attack on rights already recognized, protected, and exercised by women, girls, trans and nonbinary people, in all their diversities and intersectionalities.

    Friday’s Supreme Court deliberation in Dobbs vs. Jackson clearly illustrates the court’s biases and authoritarian views that ignore the voices and needs of women, girls, trans and nonbinary people and deny them of their fundamental rights to health, safety and bodily autonomy and privacy.

    This decision will disproportionately burden Black, Latino, Indigenous, and women of color, youth, LGBTIQ individuals, women of lower-income and in informal labor, further marginalizing and directly harming them.

    We call on men and boys to step up to support the fundamental human rights to bodily autonomy, dignity, and freedom for all women, girls, and individuals of diverse gender identities.

    Men must understand that denying access to safe abortion is a form of gender-based violence and a denial of fundamental human rights, dignity and freedom.

    Controlling reproductive choices is state-sponsored control over the bodies of women and individuals who can become pregnant.

    If we speak out against all other forms of violence against women, we must speak out against this form of violence too.

    The Supreme Court, the highest court of the country, has lost its fundamental integrity today.

    Instead of standing by the existing rule and placing the well-being, rights, and bodily autonomy of all women, girls and nonbinary people at the center of their decision, the Supreme Court has chosen to side with their own views over those of the vast majority of the nation.

    We understand this decision as part of an anti-democracy, anti-human rights, anti-bodily autonomy and anti-feminist agenda, by groups eager to roll back all rights that support gender equality, SRHR and inclusion.

    We will continue to resist such attempts and to follow the leadership of feminist gender and reproductive justice organizations, leaders and movements.

    We stand with all people in the United States who are determined to resist this political backlash, and will stand up and act to restore and take back the fundamental right to access basic health, safety and wellbeing services with no undue burdens or punishment from State authorities. We call on all countries to uphold the right to safe abortion, and to show leadership at this time, in protecting sexual and reproductive health and right for all.

    We are encouraged by the outpour of voices and solidarity by social justice activists ready to work together. The rights of all women, girls and people who can become pregnant to self-determination, their right to bodily autonomy and to make their own health choices, are too important to be ignored.

    MenEngage Alliance will continue to advocate for the protection of reproductive rights for all, and we stand in solidarity with abortion rights activists in the US and around the world.

    Feminist, SRHR and LGBTIQ Voices

  • 08 Jun 2022 1:52 PM | Craig Norberg-Bohm (Administrator)

    NAMEN, as a regional member network of the Global MenEngage Alliance. has participated in the unveiling of the new comprehensive Strategic Plan, highlighting the MenEngage objectives through 2024.

    A comprehensive compilation, this plan seeks to shape the context in which the work of transforming  patriarchal masculinities and engaging men and boys for gender  and social justice takes place.  

    To review the full Strategic Plan go to

    In addition, and as part of this process over the past year, MenEngage has updated its founding agreements, for which all members are asked to re-confirm and agree.  These include:

    NAMEN is adopting these principles as our own and in the near future and we will be inviting all of our members to review and accept these agreements as well.

    Both of these agreements are guided by the MenEngage Accountability Standards

    More upadtes to follow.

  • 08 Jun 2022 1:50 PM | Craig Norberg-Bohm (Administrator)

    The engagement of men and boys in the practice of gender equality, ending violence and promoting health for men, women and children has many avenues with the National Responsible Fatherhood Movement recognized as a valued alley in promoting NAMEN’s mission. 

    NAMEN as part of its National outreach strategy, actively participated in National Responsible Fatherhood conferences in  Los Angeles, New England and New York, engaging practitioners, advocates, educators and family service personnel, while  gathering information, resources and networking opportunities in  support of its engagement strategy. 

    In addition, NAMEN has been selected to participate in the MenCare National Roundtable by Equimundo, seeking to bring together some of the leading voices in the masculinities and care space to discuss the potential for an  organized network, co-creating opportunities for research,  advocacy, and communities of practice and the learn from the  work already in motion. 

  • 08 Jun 2022 1:46 PM | Craig Norberg-Bohm (Administrator)

    On June 2nd, 2022 NAMEN held its signature  membership meetup initiative with fifteen  attendees actively participating in the event. As  the Covid pandemic has subsided, the  membership meet-up re-dux was deemed  critical by Board leadership, with the preliminary focus being re-introducing NAMEN and its mission to the  membership while engaging members in articulating their vision,  expertise and understanding of the membership meet-up and its  objective. 

    With a myriad of issues on the horizon, this particular event highlighted a recent NAMEN policy survey conducted amongst  the general membership, with NAMEN administrator Craig Norberg-Bohm facilitating the presentation. Several key areas in  policy advocacy and support were discussed, critiquing the  survey findings which were expansive in areas ranging from targeted policy advocacy to specialized audience outreach.

    After in-depth discussions regarding the policy survey findings, the  members articulated their recommendation that the survey be  provided for an additional time limit, thereby engaging a more  varied member population which may or may not have been  adequately represented in the data. In support of this request,  NAMEN has provided the link to the survey, encouraging All  members to participate in the data gathering process.

    NAMEN Member Policy Advocacy Survey link

    The next NAMEN meet up is scheduled for September 15th, 2022 3pm.

    As a component of the NAMEN membership support strategy individual or organizational meetings throughout the months of June - August are available. To book an appointment go to  www.calendly/coachnamen.org

  • 08 Jun 2022 1:39 PM | Craig Norberg-Bohm (Administrator)

    NAMEN is proud to officially announce the selection of Board of  Directors Co-chair Tonya Lovelace, whose expertise and commitment in  the field of Domestic Violence Prevention has received both national  and international recognition.

    Tonya is a global intersectional leader with close to 37  years of experience as a community organizer and movement maker. She is the President and CEO of  Lovelace Consulting Services, Inc. (LCSI), and independent  consulting firm that provides high-level consulting, needs  assessment, facilitation, coaching, technical assistance and  training to individuals, organizations and systems seeking  social, political, and professional transformation.  

    With an extensive background working in the field of nonprofit  organization management assisting local, state, national, Tribal,  corporate and government agencies, Tonya has become a noted  specialist in reaching those on the margins of the margins, dedicating  her career to ending violence against all genders and communities. In  addition, Tonya has worked with prolific organizations such as the  Women of Color Network Inc., a project under the National Resource  Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) and the Pennsylvania Coalition  Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) ascending to the position of  founding Chief Executive Officer while successfully leading fundraising  campaigns raising over $25 million thru federal, corporate, and  foundation funds.

    As a public policy advocate, Tonya has participated in the National Task  Force to End Domestic and Sexual Violence (NTF) since 2005 and  served as the chair of the Underserved Committee for the 2013  Violence against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization, which included  “sexual orientation and gender identity” as a part of the updated  Underserved populations’ definition and a new $2 million grant for  Outreach and Services to Underserved Populations Program, and for  the 2022 VAWA Reauthorization, which increased the Underserved  Populations Grant program to $6 million. Attending four White House  VAWA celebrations alongside many other policy advocates, Tonya  recently was the guest of President Biden during the illustrious ceremony

    (Photo take by Tonya Lovelace   2022 VAWA Reauthorization Celebration)

  • 06 May 2022 1:22 PM | Craig Norberg-Bohm (Administrator)

    Joint Statement: Urgency for bold support to fundamental human rights and bodily autonomy of all women, girls, and people of diverse gender identities: A call to all men and boys to step up to support the fundamental human rights to bodily autonomy, dignity, and freedom for all women, girls, and individuals of diverse gender identities.

    MenEngage Alliance

    We, MenEngage Global Alliance and North American MenEngage Network (NAMEN) are deeply concerned about the prospect that rights already recognized, protected, and exercised by women, girls, trans and nonbinary people, in all their diversities and intersectionalities, in the United States of America might soon be revoked and denied to them. A draft opinion by the United States Supreme Court has come to light unexpectedly but is acknowledged by the Court as legitimate. If adopted, a potentially majority of the population of the country will no longer have the right to bodily autonomy and sovereignty – to make their own decisions over their own bodies and lives. It is appalling that the highest court in the country is even considering that women, girls, trans and nonbinary people may be stripped of their rights to liberty, dignity and freedom.

    We express our support and solidarity to all who have expressed their outrage and continue to hope that the Supreme Court draft opinion will not move forward in its intention to do away with Roe vs. Wade, which for almost 50 years has protected a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy. We further express our support for the decision reached by Roe vs. Wade in 1973, which put an end to unsafe abortions and saved many lives since then.

    We further express our solidarity with all involved in the call for universal access to affordable, safe, and legal abortion. With ‘trigger laws’ in place in many States and with other significant undue burdens that already exist, revoking Roe vs. Wade would impact the lives of all people in the US and abroad, and as is often the case, disproportionately burden Black, Latin, Indigenous, and women of color, youth, LGBTIQ individuals, women of lower-income and in informal labor, further marginalizing and directly harming them.

    We raise our voices today in supporting women’s right to safe and legal abortion. Together we reaffirm our position on supporting fundamental rights to bodily autonomy and reproductive rights for women and people who need it, and work to challenge laws and policies restricting the right and access to safe abortion and post-abortion care for everyone who needs them.

    We call on all men and boys, especially men in positions of power and influence across institutions, to join us in the protection of access to safe and legal abortions. The right to privacy and the right to determine whether and when to carry a pregnancy to term and whether and when to become a parent are fundamental parts of women’s and trans and nonbinary people’s autonomy, and impact the lives and well-being of those around them. We know that for many men and boys – legal denial of the rights of women and girls and of those of diverse gender identities is appalling. Therefore, we urge them to express their outrage and to stand up for sexual and reproductive rights.

    Each and every one of us can make autonomous decisions about our own bodies and lives, including decisions about pregnancy and abortion. We must challenge the norms, systems, and policies that create barriers to safe abortion and bodily autonomy.

    We believe that no impediment should come between a pregnant person and their choice of whether or not to carry a pregnancy to term. Yet, many women and girls and trans and nonbinary people are currently not able to access the safe and legal abortion and the care they need globally. This decision will dramatically and dangerously impede these rights for much of the country. We recognize the disproportionate impact that will continue to fall on women of color, black, indigenous, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and nonbinary individuals, and youth communities living at these intersections and who are on the margins of the margins.

    Men and boys must stand up and add their voices

    At MenEngage Global Alliance and North American MenEngage Network (NAMEN),

    • We believe that sexual and reproductive health and rights are not only women’s and trans and nonbinary people’s issues. They are issues for everyone and impact all of us.
    • We commit to the critical task of centering and elevating the agency, voices, analysis, and demands of girls and women of color, black, indigenous, lesbian, gay, transgender, youth, and non-binary individuals who are at the margins of the margin to access to safe, affordable, legal abortion, and care.
    • We call on men and boys to add their voices and take actions to protect access to safe and legal abortion and to speak up when they see violations of the human rights of women, girls, and people of diverse gender identities taking place, including their right to reproductive healthcare.
    • We commit to supporting women’s and trans and nonbinary people’s fundamental human rights to bodily autonomy and reproductive rights and work on challenging laws and policies restricting the right and access to safe abortion and post-abortion care for everyone who needs them.
    • We call upon all men and boys, in all diversities, to work as meaningful allies in ending this long-overdue existing control of women’s and trans and nonbinary people’s sexuality and reproduction.
    • We commit to stand in solidarity and follow the leadership of feminist and SRHR leaders, especially Black and Indigenous, people of color and living at the intersections, in this joint national and global struggle.
    • We commit to continue to stand up and against any policy that limits anyone, anywhere, to make autonomous decisions about our own bodies and lives including decisions about pregnancy and abortion.

    We are appalled by this recent news and we hold ourselves accountable for taking part in the change we wish to see in the world.

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