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  • 03 Nov 2019 9:51 PM | Craig Norberg-Bohm (Administrator)

    For immediate Release

    MERGE for Equality To Join With the North America MenEngage Network

    Two gender equality organizations with the specific focus on masculinities and engaging men and boys are joining forces, leaders of MERGE for Equality and the North American MenEngage Network recently announced. MERGE for Equality, a Massachusetts nonprofit noted for its innovative training promoting the emotional and social development of boys, is set to become a program of the North American MenEngage Network (NAMEN), a U.S.-Canadian network of educators, advocates and activists, and regional member of the Global MenEngage Alliance.

    “We are delighted for MERGE to become a program offered through NAMEN,” said Shane Joseph, Co-Chair of NAMEN’s Steering Committee. “Its core program—training early childhood educators about issues related to boys’ socialization—is completely in line with our mission - working with men and boys to achieve gender equality, end violence, and promote health for men, women and children.” James Arana, MERGE Senior Consultant, concurs, “When boys are equipped with the tools to cultivate their emotional intelligence, they thrive personally, socially and academically, and grow to become caring, engaged and accountable men.”

    With the program now becoming a part of NAMEN, MERGE founder John Engel is stepping down as executive director. “I can’t think of a more fitting organization for MERGE to join than the North American MenEngage Network,” Engel said. “It has the expertise, commitment and focus to direct not just our early childhood initiative but also our children’s book campaign that promotes positive images of emotionally sensitive boys,” Engel said.

    “In addition to beneficial program impacts, joining the two organizations brings administrative and financial benefits," said Craig Norberg-Bohm, NAMEN’s Administrative Coordinator. “NAMEN becomes a tax exempt nonprofit corporation and can now formally apply for funding to build its operational and programmatic capacity. Sharing administrative tasks will enable all of us to maximize resources available to focus on the shared mission - gender equality.”

    As a program of NAMEN, MERGE’s early childhood initiative will continue without significant change, according to Steven Botkin, Co-Chair of NAMEN’s Steering Committee and MERGE Senior Consultant. “MERGE itself carries the legacies of the Men’s Resource Center of Western Massachusetts and Men’s Resources International,” Botkin said. “Joining MERGE and NAMEN together is the perfect next chapter in our evolution.”

    For more information, contact

    Craig Norberg-Bohm, MERGE Administrative Coordinator
    MERGE for Equality

    Shane Joseph, NAMEN Co-Chair
    Steven Botkin, NAMEN Co-Chair
    Contact Form


  • 13 Aug 2019 2:58 PM | Craig Norberg-Bohm (Administrator)

    Check out this new Op-ED at Ms. Magazine by NAMEN Member Rob Okun

    Gender Belongs at Center of the Gun Debate

  • 17 May 2018 3:30 PM | Craig Norberg-Bohm (Administrator)

    Men Supporting #MeToo - Taking Action to the Next Level

    Session 1, 2 and 3 of our Community of Practice Spring Series are completed.  The final session will be held June 14th.   

    Have a look at the recordings and resources.

  • 03 Mar 2018 12:16 PM | Craig Norberg-Bohm (Administrator)
    A Four Part Educational Webinar Series, Hosted By the North American MenEngage Network

    Men Supporting #MeToo: Taking Action to the Next Level
    (click to register)

    Through the #MeToo movement, the voice of survivors of sexual harassment have been loud and powerful. The #MeToo movement provides an opportunity to organize and mobilize men and boys, as active agents of change. This webinar series will explore current community-based efforts to rise to this challenge and some of the lessons learned from these efforts …

    Participants will come away with new concepts and concrete examples that can be employed immediately. This series will build on what the NAMEN members have already been doing to address the issues brought up by #MeToo and explore ways to strengthen this work together.

    Throughout this series we will focus on strategies to take these efforts to the next level, what policy and political action can be harnessed from men and boys who support #MeToo.

    In addition, participants will be invited to join a facilitated, ongoing practice community to encourage and promote these kinds of efforts and encourage networking and resource sharing

    With a series of four sessions, we will cover:

    • What has been Men's response to #MeToo? 
    • What are the opportunities for fostering male leadership in support of #MeToo?
    •  What are the theoretical frameworks for promoting responsibility and accountability?  
    • What might be successful practice to put into place for your own community? 
    •  4 weeks later come back together to share what you have tried or are in the process of implementing and learnt. 

    Please Join us for these engaging discussions.
    Thu April 12 ; 3 – 4:30pm Community experience, how are men responding?
    Thu April 26 ; 3 – 4:30pm Dialog on theories of change for men.
    Thu May 10 ; 3 – 4:30pm Immediate Applications, what can we do now?
    Thu June 14 ; 3 – 4:30pm Reflection on lessons learned and next steps

    An ongoing discussion group will be offered.

    Free of Charge for NAMEN Members;
    Non-Members - $65 for the series, $25 for each session.
    (Series purchases will come with an optional one year NAMEN membership)

    Attendance Policy:
    Preferred attendance at all four sessions.
    You may register for the full series or for the individual sessions.

  • 16 Aug 2017 2:16 PM | Craig Norberg-Bohm (Administrator)

    The North American MenEngage Network (NAMEN) works for justice and equality. The abominable action of white supremacists (predominantly male), and the subsequent murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville Virginia, cannot be tolerated by silence. Our collective hearts go out to all of those who were injured, to Ms. Heyer’s family and loved ones, and all those who were harmed.

    As a network of individuals and organizations working to engage men in promoting gender, racial, sexual and other forms of equality, NAMEN stands in solidarity with those pursuing equality and justice, and resists bigotry, hatred and violence in all its forms, whether that is white supremacy, male supremacy, or other forms of systemic bigotry and hate.

    We will continue to actively resist institutional and personal manifestations of racist, sexist, heterosexist, transphobic, classist, anti-Semitic and other multiple and intersectional forms of oppression which undermine the “life, liberty and pursuit of happiness” of all those who live, work and breath in the United States of America, and throughout the world. The North American MenEngage Network embraces the power of a diverse nation of people and the strength and beauty that diversity brings to the establishment of a just and peaceful world. So as our children look to the sky, they see the sun filled clouds and stars at night without fear, and encircle their lives with hope and joy.

  • 05 Aug 2017 12:12 PM | Craig Norberg-Bohm (Administrator)

    Choosing a college is a daunting task for any first-time student, but for LGBTQ students, it can be downright terrifying. A whopping 13.4% of LGBTQ high school students who report frequent verbal harassment plan on not attending college, and 20% of all currently enrolled college students report fearing for their physical safety due to their gender identity or sexual orientation. In response, many universities are taking steps to fight back for their most vulnerable students, but understanding what to look for in a school is still difficult, which is why we created our guide to college for LGBTQ students.

    This isn’t just a list of scholarships (although we have those too!). Our guide includes actionable strategies to assess a school on its inclusivity and programs to help make the transition to college easier for LGBTQ students.

    From  AffordableColleges.com

  • 11 May 2017 11:12 PM | Craig Norberg-Bohm (Administrator)

    The recording for our Community of Practice Teleconference held on April 20th is now posted. (click here)

    Session Topic:


    The heart beat of social change and justice is in the local work.  What we do in our families, our neighborhoods, schools, cities and towns, brings purpose to life.

    We heard from two local projects, and consider their current and critical questions.

    Pheng Thao – with ManForward Minneapolis

    Alan Heisterkamp - Center for Violence Prevention - University of Northern Iowa

    Community of Practice Teleconferences are a membership benefit of NAMEN.

  • 23 Mar 2017 11:40 AM | Craig Norberg-Bohm (Administrator)

    NAMEN is proud to release the first issue of our community newsletter.  This is circulated to membership through the mailing list and distributed publicly here and via various channels.  Please share!

    NAMEN Newsletter Vol 1 No 1
  • 11 Mar 2017 10:17 PM | Craig Norberg-Bohm (Administrator)

    A Web Conference, Hosted By the North American MenEngage Network

    NAMEN is honored to host our ongoing series of web conferences towards building a Community of Practice.

    Thursday. April 20th
    3:00pm ET to 4:30pm ET

    Local work, First edition

    Join us for an engaging presentation about current local work where practitioners will describe their efforts and pose their most challenging questions.


    Pheng Thao, ManForward,Minneapolis - talking about his work in the Mung Community

    Alan Hiesterkamp, Center for Violence Prevention, University of Northern Iowa - talking about his work in K-12 schools.

    Members: Free of Charge
    Non-Members: Suggested Donation: $15

    Register Here

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