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UN Women’s Executive Director visits MenCare partner AÇEV’s Father Support Program

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mambo-Ngcuka with members of the Father Support Program in Istanbul. Photo: UN Women/Ventua Formicone.

In honor of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, UN Women’s Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka visited a group of fathers participating in MenCare partner AÇEV’s Father Support Program in Istanbul, Turkey in December. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said during her visit that fathers “are a vital part of the solution that has been missing” to prevent 

In Sri Lanka, MenCare programming engages hundreds of fathers

Group photo of participants in MenCare Sri Lanka family retreat.

World Vision Lanka, MenCare’s partner in Sri Lanka, engaged hundreds of men in fatherhood programming in the Ambagamuwa Area Development Program (ADP) in 2015. The Ambagamuwa ADP worked to involve men in Sri Lanka’s plantation communities in active fatherhood and caregiving by conducting 109 MenCare classes for 309 participants. As part of the program, fathers and 

In Bulgaria, fathers are still seen as “sidekicks” but are eager to be more involved – especially at school

Fathers and children in a gymnasium.

The Safety For Our Children Conference, organized by MenCare partner For Our Children Foundation, was held in March 2016. During the conference, a MenCare Bulgaria campaign representative presented key results from a nationally representative study of parents with children under 18 years old. The presentation focused on fathers’ participation in their children’s education and healthcare. 

New video series highlights diverse Brazilian families with one thing in common

Carol and Kika holding their infant daughter Tereza in Rio de Janeiro.

As part of the Homens Cuidam (“Men Care”) campaign in Brazil, MenCare partner Promundo has launched a new video series called Família Brasileira (“Brazilian Family”) that highlights a diversity of Brazilian families with one thing in common: the recognition that men’s participation in caregiving is important for children’s development and gender equality. The first episode