MenCare is coordinated globally by Promundo and Sonke Gender Justice in collaboration with its steering committee: the MenEngage Alliance, Save the Children, and Rutgers. MenCare has local and national campaigns active in over 40 countries, implemented by MenCare’s partners. For more information about our partners and their work, see the list below.
Europe and Central Asia
Albania | Balkans | Belarus | Bosnia and Herzegovina | Bulgaria | Croatia | Italy | Kosovo | Kyrgyzstan | Latvia | Netherlands | Portugal | Russia | Serbia | Spain | Sweden | Switzerland | Turkey | Ukraine
Counseling Line for Men and Boys
Email | linjakeshillimitperburra.org.al
The Counseling Line for Men and Boys was established in 2012 and started to operate in January 2013. During its first three years, it was operated as a sub-activity of the Counseling Line for Abused Women and Girls, and step by step it started to be operational independently. Continuous efforts have been invested in building up a professional service for counseling of perpetrators of violence, as well as capacity building for teachers and youth workers, activities related to fatherhood, and awareness-building with young boys in schools.
Works With: Care International, Austrian Development Cooperation
Gruaja tek Gruaja – Woman to Woman (WtW)
Email | gruajatekgruaja.com
WtW is a nonprofit, nongovernmental association. Our mission is to reduce domestic and gender-based violence towards women and girls and to promote a society free of violence, where human rights are respected and enhanced. Under this framework, WtW operates with a wide range of activities and services, providing support services and sheltering to victims of domestic violence and their children; working with perpetrators of family violence to prevent future violence; and carrying out community outreach and sensitization, prevention programs for peer violence in schools, and education programs for youth. WtW started to work with men and boys as allies against domestic violence in 2009, through community outreach, educational activities, and awareness-raising campaigns and capacity building in high schools. It also established the Center for Boys and Men (ZDB), which offers counseling services for perpetrators of violence. WtW and ZDB are developing programs for engaging men and boys in ending gender-based violence, as well as promoting the role of men and fathers in family tasks.
Works With: Counseling Line for Men and Boys
CARE International Balkans
Email | care-balkan.org
CARE International Balkans’ Engaging Men and Boys Initiative is part of its Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment program in the region. Since 2006, CARE International Balkans has worked and engaged with boys and young men around gender transformation and the promotion of healthy masculinities. As a outgrowth of that program, CARE saw a need to work with young fathers-to-be and those who recently became parents. Since 2012, it has been doing research to better understand the role of fathers in the regional Balkans context that helped lay the groundwork for the program it has developed.
Works With: Counseling Line for Men and Boys (Albania), Perpetuum Mobile (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Status M (Croatia), Peer Educators Network (Kosovo), Center E8 (Serbia)
Center for Men and Masculinities Studies (CMMS)
The Center for Men and Masculinities Studies is a specialized think-tank and research-based NGO on engaging men and boys for women’s empowerment in Bangladesh.
Works With: National Human Rights Commission; UNDP
Works With: Ministry of Social Protection; Minsk’s Family Center
Stepping Stones International
Email | www.steppingstonesintl.org
Stepping Stones International is an innovative after-school and community outreach program serving orphaned and vulnerable adolescents (ages 12-18+) and their caregivers. The program is unique, as the only initiative in Botswana that focuses exclusively on the underserved needs of teenagers.
Works With: Sonke Gender Justice Network; Men and Boys for Gender Equality
Email | www.promundo.org.br
Promundo works internationally to promote gender justice and prevent violence by engaging men and boys in partnership with women and girls. Promundo is a global co-coordinator of the MenCare campaign and a national coordinator of the MenCare campaign in Brazil.
Works With: Instituto Noos; Instituto Papai; Studies Center on Public Security and Citizenship (CESeC); Municipal Health Department; Men’s Technical Area, Health Ministry
Association Roditeli (“Parents”)
Email | www.mencare.bg and www.roditeli.org
Association Roditeli encourages parents to be the best parents they can be and supports children to become the best adults they can be, through the development, implementation, and dissemination of regional and national policies and the protection of children’s rights as stipulated in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Association Roditeli coordinates “To Be A Dad,” the MenCare campaign in Bulgaria. The mission of MenCare Bulgaria is to reveal greater opportunities to men to engage positively in children’s lives, avoiding abuse and protecting children from violence. To achieve this goal, the campaign works to: (1) promote positive models of parenting in Bulgarian society; (2) facilitate active fatherhood through men’s involvement in kindergartens and primary schools, and suggest educational tools for men’s engagement with teachers, social workers, and local authorities; and (3) develop a sustainable network of local and national organizations and institutions working for greater engagement of men in children’s lives.
Works With: Animus Association; ARC Foundation; Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation; Center of Women’s Studies and Policies; For Our Children Foundation; Gender Education, Research and Technologies Foundation; National Network for Children; Social Activities and Practice Institute; Tulip Foundation
National Commission for Human Rights and Citizenship
Email | www.cndhc.org
The National Commission for Human Rights and Citizenship was established in 2004 with the aim of strengthening national mechanisms for the promotion and protection of human rights, citizenship, and international humanitarian law in Cabo Verde.
Works With: Cooperação Francesa; Presidência da República, Ministério da Saúde (Centro Nacional de Desenvolvimento Sanitário – CNDS); Instituto Cabo-verdiano da Criança e do Adolescente (ICCA); Casa do Direito; Laço Branco; Instituto Cabo-verdiano para a Igualdade e Equidade do Género (ICIEG); Plataforma das ONG’s; Associação Cabo-verdiana para a Protecção da Família (Verdefam); Associação Cabo-verdiana de Autopromoção da Mulher (Morabi), Associação de Crianças Desfavorecidas (ACRIDES); Fundação Infância Feliz (FIF); Aldeias Infantis SOS; Hospital Dr. Agostinho Neto; Centro Cultural Brasil; Cabo Verde, Associação das Famílias e Amigos das Crianças com Paralisia Cerebral (ACARINHAR); Sapo CV
Email | www.eme.cl
EME is the section of Fundación CulturaSalud (a Chilean NGO) dedicated to research and initiatives related to men and gender equality. The organization is part of the Advisory Committee of MenCare Latin America and coordinates the regional MenCare website, www.campanapaternidad.org.
Works With: MenEngage Chile; White Ribbon Campaign Chile; Chilean Ministry of Health; Hogar de Cristo (Jardines Infantiles); UNFPA Chile; UNICEF Chile; Servicio Nacional de Menores (SENAME)
Masculinity, Family and Sexuality (WEM) Institute
Email | www.institutowemcr.org
The Costa Rican Masculinity, Family and Sexuality (WEM) Institute is a nonprofit association that was founded as a volunteer group to work on issues of gender, masculinity, and sexuality.
Email | www.status-m.hr
Status M is a youth organization whose mission is to create a nonviolent, healthy, tolerant, and gender-equitable society through and because of young people’s contribution in society. Status M was established by team of people who have worked together since 2006 on non-formal education of young people, and who among themselves have more than 30 years of experience in working with young people.
Amhara Women Entrepreneurs Association (AWEA)
Email | www.aweamhara.org
Amhara Women Entrepreneurs Association (AWEA) observed that male partners often served as barriers to women’s economic empowerment by reinforcing traditional gender roles within the home. For this reason, AWEA engages fathers in group education to transform power dynamics within the home (both in domestic work and caregiving).
Centre for Health and Social Justice (CHSJ)
Email | www.chsj.org
CHSJ believes that working towards gender equality must include working with men and boys to understand their privileges as well as the compulsions that they face within a patriarchal system.
Rutgers WPF Indonesia
Email | www.rutgerswpfindo.org and www.lakilakipeduli.org
Rutgers WPF Indonesia is a nonprofit that works to achieve equal social order, justice, and respect for human rights, especially for women victims of violence, male perpetrators of violence, special needs groups, youth, LGBT, and people living with HIV.
Works With: IPPF East Java Chapter (PKBI Jawa Timur); IPPF Lampung Chapter (PKBI Lampung); PULIH Foundation, Jakarta; Rifka Annisa Women’s Crisis Centre; Aliansi Laki-Laki Baru (New Male Alliance), Sahabat Perempuan Magelang, DAMAR Lampung.
Centro di Ascolto Uomini Maltrattanti (CAM)
CAM was established as the first center in Italy working with men as perpetrators of violence. The center provides a listening and counseling service for men who commit to undertaking a course of personal change, and who take responsibility for their violent behavior (physical or psychological), or for stalking. CAM aims to safeguard women and minors from violence, while giving men an opportunity to change.
Works With (as part of the Il Giardino dei Padri fatherhood network): Cambiamento Maschile, Cerchio degli Uomini, Maschile Plurale, PartecipArte Teatro Dell’OppressAo, White Dove – Evoluzione del Maschile Onlus
Cambiamento Maschile provides a listening and sharing space for men who use violence in their personal relationships. Through groups and individual counseling, the organization supports men in their process of change, starting with their admission of responsibility for violence. It also provides information, training, and sensitization related to gender-based violence and masculinities.
Works With (as part of the Il Giardino dei Padri fatherhood network): Centro di Ascolto Uomini Maltrattanti, Cerchio degli Uomini, Maschile Plurale, PartecipArte Teatro Dell’OppressAo, White Dove – Evoluzione del Maschile Onlus
Cerchio degli Uomini
Cerchio degli Uomini provides educational and reflective groups for men and fathers with the aim of changing gender norms and preventing gender-based violence. Listening and sharing groups of five to 15 people meet weekly to share experiences. The association also holds meetings, workshops, debates, plays and film screenings, and school-based activities related to fatherhood, gender, and violence prevention.
Works With (as part of the Il Giardino dei Padri fatherhood network): Centro di Ascolto Uomini Maltrattanti, Cambiamento Maschile, Maschile Plurale, PartecipArte Teatro Dell’OppressAo, White Dove – Evoluzione del Maschile Onlus
Maschile Plurale promotes debate on the transformation of male identities, and on new ways in which men live their personal relationships, their experience as fathers, and their lives at work and as activists. The association is actively involved in initiatives to put an end to gender-based violence, in collaboration with center for victims of violence as well as centers working with men as perpetrators of violence. The organization also conducts awareness-building activities in schools and communication campaigns aiming to deconstruct and overcome gender stereotypes.
Works With (as part of the Il Giardino dei Padri fatherhood network): Centro di Ascolto Uomini Maltrattanti, Cambiamento Maschile, Cerchio degli Uomini, PartecipArte Teatro Dell’OppressAo, White Dove – Evoluzione del Maschile Onlus
PartecipArte Teatro Dell’OppressAo
Email | parteciparte.com
PartecipArte uses theater to give opportunity to people to rehearse the changes they want to happen in their social lives. The organization strives for relationships based on consent, where everyone can live free of traditional scripts and oppressive roles.
Works With (as part of the Il Giardino dei Padri fatherhood network): Centro di Ascolto Uomini Maltrattanti, Cambiamento Maschile, Cerchio degli Uomini, Maschile Plurale, White Dove – Evoluzione del Maschile Onlus
White Dove – Evoluzione del Maschile Onlus
The “White Dove – Evoluzione del Maschile Onlus” Association was established in 2013 as a follow-up to White Dove’s Education Project (Associazione White Dove Progetto Educazione), which had been working on fatherhood and masculinities since 1998. Its current projects include: “Lato Oscuro,” working with men who perpetrate violence; “Padri e Figli,” to support men as fathers in their relationships with their children; and “Cyberbullismo,” targeting cyberbullies and their victims. This project is implemented in schools in Genova, and also in the context of the Project Bull Out.
Works With (as part of the Il Giardino dei Padri fatherhood network): Centro di Ascolto Uomini Maltrattanti, Cambiamento Maschile, Cerchio degli Uomini, Maschile Plurale, PartecipArte Teatro Dell’OppressAo
Peer Educators Network (PEN)
Email | www.ngo-pen.org
Peer Educators Network (PEN) is a non-governmental, nonprofit youth organization that aims to create a community where youth are mobilized and empowered to act as agents of social change for an inclusive society. PEN is active as an NGO in 29 municipalities in Kosovo, with headquarters in Prishtina, and has more than 1500 volunteers/peer educators. The purpose of PEN’s volunteers is to promote, through peer education, the access of youth to education and information, with a special focus on informing youth about: HIV and AIDS, STIs and unplanned pregnancy, life skills and health education, tobacco, drug abuse, human trafficking, violence, European integration and regional cooperation, cultural diversity, and environmental protection.
Works With: CARE International Balkans and MenCare partners in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and Serbia
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Email | www.unfpa.org
UNFPA works in more than 150 countries and territories that are home to the vast majority of the world’s people. Its mission is to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe, and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.
Works With: NGO Open Line; Health Promotion Center under the Ministry of Health
Email | www.centrsdardedze.lv
Center Dardedze is a non-governmental, nonprofit organization working to prevent child abuse in Latvia and to provide direct help to children exposed to sexual, physical, emotional abuse and neglect. Since 2013, Center Dardedze also works with father involvement programs, organizes father groups, and promotes social campaigns.
Cómplices por la Equidad
Email | www.entrehombres.net
Cómplices por la Equidad (Accomplices por Equity) is the Mexican MenEngage network formed in 2008, where men and women of different organizations and institutions develop activities, campaigns, and materials directed to engage men in gender equity issues.
LifeLine Southern Africa is a service organization responding to emotional trauma and individual crises, with a view to providing emotional support.
Works With: Namibia Planned Parenthood Association (NAPPA); Prevention Alliance Namibia; MenEngage Namibia
Email | www.trotsezonentrotsevaders.nl
P=P is a project-based organization that develops small-scale idealist projects and hires staff based on the project budgets. The organization has worked on feminist and gender issues from the start, hosting a Feminist Café for and by Women’s Studies’ students, developing and implementing a training method about masculinity and violence prevention for school boys (Toffe Jongens), organizing a dialogue about sexual diversity, and developing and implementing the TrotseZonenTrotseVaders method and handbook. Apart from these, the organization has facilitated the organization of meetings about privilege awareness, and it helped to co-create a mosaic monument for the Dutch utopian feminist Women’s Studies icon Saskia Poldervaart.
Works With: Cardea Youth Care
Cardea Youth Care
Email | www.cardea.nl
Cardea Youth Care is an organization that provides youth care in the northern part of South Holland. Annually, over 300 professionals offer help to 1,500 children and youth from 0 to 23 years old who are experiencing developmental, behavioral, or family problems. There are several types of care, ranging from outpatient care and day care to 24-hour care or a combination of these types of care. In addition to families, municipal services, child and adolescent psychiatric services, and special education services are all closely involved in Cardea’s programs. The types of care are performed at different locations within the region of Leiden. For youth 15 years and older, Cardea provides a range of guided independent living programs.
Works With: P=P Foundation
Red de Masculinidad por la Igualdad de Género (REDMAS)
Email | www.redmasnicaragua.org
REDMAS is a coalition of 22 Nicaraguan organizations working together on gender and masculinity issues with boys and men of diverse social backgrounds.
Fundación Puntos de Encuentro
Email | www.puntosdeencuentro.org
Fundación Puntos de Encuentro is a Nicaraguan feminist organization that works with young and adult women in developing their capacities to exercise their rights and autonomy in daily life. Puntos de Encuentro uses communication media along with training and alliance processes to promote and defend gender and generational equality, respect for diversity, rejection of discrimination and violence, and relations based on mutual respect.
Founded in 1997 as a gender- and youth-focused HIV and AIDS action group, today AMAL is one of the most visible advocates for its prevention, treatment, and awareness in Pakistan. For the past decade, AMAL’s focus has been “working with men and boys for gender equality” and exploring masculinity and its linkages with gender-based violence. AMAL held the national secretariat of MenEngage Alliance during 2011 to 2014.
SePARE, Municipality of Vega Baja
SePARE is a health prevention and promotion program created to address maternal and child health (MCH) disparities directed to gestating women and their families. Its services provide knowledge to Puerto Rican women with a perspective of humanized attention, respect, and solidarity. Additionally, it promotes healthy parenting, providing support during postpartum and early childhood. SePARE is part of the Municipality of Vega Baja, and it is financed by the Administration of Socioeconomic Development of the Family (ADSEF). All of the services are free of cost to participants.
Works With: PROFAMILIA Inc., Coordinadora Paz para la Mujer, Early Head Start, Department of Family Affairs, Department of Health
Red Peruana de Masculinidades
Email | www.rpmasc.blogspot.com
The Red Peruana de Masculinidades contributes to the development, research, and dissemination of information and programming related to masculinities, and it also advocates for a gender approach in public policies related to sexual and reproductive health and to violence.
ALIADOS / hombres por la igualdad de género
Email | www.aliadosperu.org
ALIADOS is a social startup with a taste for evidence-based innovation in the field of gender-based violence (GBV) prevention. ALIADOS runs a fatherhood program in Peru inspired by MenCare. As part of a wider strategy, ALIADOS works to bring the private sector into the discussion about preventing GBV, as well as producing and testing strategies to engage men in the prevention of workplace sexual harassment. It is also developing a Batterers’ Intervention Programs called “I RESPECT” which will be delivered at the local level in Lima.
Works With: Aldeas Infantiles SOS Perú, Ministerio de la Mujer y Poblaciones Vulnerables, Ministerio de Educación, Promundo
Email | www.promundo.org.br
Promundo works internationally to promote gender justice and prevent violence by engaging men and boys in partnership with women and girls. Promundo is a global co-coordinator of the MenCare campaign and a national coordinator of the MenCare campaign in Portugal.
Works With: Centro de Estudos Sociais; Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Coimbra; APAV, Graal, Saúde em Português
Men Can Do It (MCDI)
Men Can Do It is a public initiative that works within Eastern Europe to engage men as caregivers and as nonviolent fathers.
Works With: “Family information centre”, Russia; St. Petersburg Social and Economic Institute; Män för Jämställdhet; EAGLE League; Liga otevřených mužů; Tato.Net; Crisis Center “Hope”
Rwanda Men’s Resource Center (RWAMREC)
Email | www.rwamrec.org
The Rwanda Men’s Resource Center strives to reach out to men in order to promote gender equality through promotion of positive masculinities and male engagement approaches in development programs in Rwanda. RWAMREC is currently implementing MenCare+ in Rwanda to engage men as caregiving partners in sexual and reproductive health and rights, and in maternal and child health, in collaboration with Promundo.
Works With: Profemme
Email | www.e8.org.rs
Center E8 is a youth organization focused on work with young people across Serbia. Established in 2004 (with its central office in Belgrade and regional office in Vranje), Center E8 has long-term experience in work specifically with men on the themes of violence prevention, gender equality promotion, healthy lifestyles, and youth activism. Center E8’s team is made up of young advocacy and lobbying experts in youth policy, education, and campaigning for publicly relevant issues. For the past seven years, Center E8 has been implementing the Young Men Initiative (YMI) program in Serbia, as a part of coalition of local, regional, and international organizations that have been combating violence and promoting positive masculine identities.
Works With: CARE International Balkans, Smart Collective (Belgrade), Perpetuum Mobile (Banja Luka), PEN (Prishtina), Counseling Line for Women and Girls and Counseling Line for Men and Boys (Tirana)
Sonke Gender Justice
Email | www.genderjustice.org.za
Sonke promotes the involvement of men in parenting as fathers and as caregivers. Sonke is a global co-coordinator of the MenCare campaign and a national coordinator of the MenCare campaign in South Africa.
Works With: FAMSA; Rape Crisis Centre; Department of Justice; Department Social Development; Childline; SAFFI; Network on Violence Against Women; City of Cape Town Department of Correctional Services
World Vision Sri Lanka
Email | www.wvi.org/srilanka
World Vision Sri Lanka is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation that serves nearly 1,500 villages in more than 500 small administrative divisions in the 20 districts, impacting the lives of over 240,000 children and their families in Sri Lanka.
Works With: Ministry of Education; World Vision International
Email | www.conexus.cat
Conexus is a nonprofit association that aims to improve the wellbeing and health of people, especially those in situations of inequality or social exclusion, promoting social and personal transformation. Through intervention projects, training, and research, Conexus creates change across different areas such as gender-based violence, domestic and other types of violence, gender equality, health, substance abuse, children’s and teenagers’ human rights, and family relationships.
Men for Gender Equality (MfJ)
Email | www.mfj.se
MfJ is a Swedish member-based NGO, founded in 1993, working towards gender equality and ending gender based violence. Its main strategy is to involve men to challenge destructive masculinities, with the purpose of ending men’s violence against women and children.
Email | www.masculinities.ch and www.maenner.ch
masculinities.ch is the umbrella association for Swiss professional and voluntary organizations working on gender equality issues related to boys, men and fathers. masculinities.ch was founded in 2005 and incorporates more than 20 regional and professional organisations. Its work is based on the concept of triple advocacy. Its mission is to engage boys and men in gender equality and to enhance fathers contributions in child caregiving.
Works With: Swiss Institute of Masculinities and Gender Issues (SIMG)
Email | www.acev.org
AÇEV’s education programs support disadvantaged children and their families, strengthening the “early childhood” period to build a more advanced society and create equal opportunities in education.
Works With: Ministry of National Education; Ministry of Family and Social Policies; UN Women
Equality Heals Africa
Email | equalityhealsafrica.org
Equality Heals Africa (EHA) was founded by a group of concerned libertarians, interventionists, and human rights activists with the prime objective of responding to various marginalized groups in Uganda that suffer from discrimination and exclusion. EHA envisions a country and continent where all people are equally empowered and living free from discrimination, invisibility, violence, and isolation. The organization does this by producing enlightening documentary films; building vocational institutions; and training in income-generating activities, advocacy, legal aid, security and safety awareness, art, music, and dance to create a society that can be proud of its progress through humanity, tolerance, and acceptance.
Works With: Second Thought Uganda; Women And Children’s Empowerment Network in Africa; Rehabilitation for Hope-Uganda; Thumbs Up-Uganda; Bridge Builders-Uganda
All Ukrainian Network of Papa Schools
Papa-schools are free, non-formal educational centers where men with positive parenthood experience and appropriate training help other men to become aware, caring, competent, and responsible fathers.
Email | www.promundoglobal.org
Promundo works internationally to promote gender justice and prevent violence by engaging men and boys in partnership with women and girls. Promundo is a global co-coordinator of the MenCare campaign.
MERGE for Equality
Email | www.mergeforequality.org
MERGE for Equality, Inc. works to advance the beliefs, thoughts, and behaviors that allow men and boys to be their authentic selves and embrace their role in ensuring gender equality. MERGE does this with individuals, groups, and communities across the globe, in alliance with girls, women, and all marginalized people. The three pillars on which its work is based are: compassion, accountability, and partnership. Its core services are: training and consulting, annual summit, and advocacy.
Fathers’ Uplift, Inc.
Email | www.fathersuplift.org
Fathers’ Uplift works to assist fathers in overcoming barriers (financial barriers, addiction barriers, oppressive barriers, emotional barriers, and traumatic barriers) that prevent them from remaining engaged in their children’s lives. Fathers’ Uplift is currently implementing an innovative approach to assisting fathers called “Pre-Father Care: Pre-Natal Care for Fathers.” Pre-Father Care brings forth a new road map for men to reference during the transition into fatherhood.
Centro de Estudios sobre Masculinidades y Género
Email | www.masculinidadesygenero.org
The Center for the Study of Masculinities and Gender is a private non-profit, based in Montevideo, Uruguay, staffed by a team of health professionals committed to gender equity and specializing in men and masculinities studies.
Works With: Antel Uruguay; Secretaría de la Mujer de la Intendencia de Montevideo
Center for Studies and Applied Sciences in Gender, Family, Women and Adolescents (CSAGA)
Email | www.csaga.org.vn
CSAGA is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization dedicated to the implementation of the rights of women and children who are affected by violence and discrimination.
Works With: UN Women; SIDA; USAID; UNIAP; UNFPA; Oxfam; IOM; Save the Children; Actionaid; Plan; Global Fund for Women; Bread for the World