Muthaka Ilot Alphonse has over ten years of experience working directly with communities focusing on gender equality promotion, sexual and gender based violence, LGBTI rights, peace building, and positive masculinity. As the Founder and Executive Director for Congo Men’s Network, he frequently travels to the rural and urban communities of North and South Kivus, Kinshasa town and Ituri district to conduct gender trainings for human and women’s rights organizations and activists. This has enabled him to identify with and analyze the challenges of gender injustices, LGBTI criminalization and oppressive masculinity at the grassroots and national levels. In his advocacy work, Ilot contributed significantly in the national policy analysis around gender equality, male engagement, LGBTI rights and sexual and reproductive health and rights conducted by Men Engage Africa in DR Congo 2013.
Ilot is also the Initiator and Coordinator of the Men Engage Network in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a network that focuses on involving men and boys in promoting and protecting women's rights through dynamic programs that empower communities in Eastern Congo. He has received extensive training on sexual and gender based violence, national and international instruments on women, peace and security, engaging men and boys in gender equality, and conflict resolution.