For women’s economic empowerment we need more caring men

Grace Aciro with her family in Loigolo village in Alaa Parish, is located in the extreme north of Lamwo district in northern Uganda.

Women's unequal share of unpaid care work - necessary yet uncompensated childcare and housework - is a critical component of their economic inequality. It prevents women from participating equally in the labour market and affects the type, location, and nature of paid work they can take on. 

MenCare+ in South Africa works to address absent fatherhood

A fathers holds a baby, feeding the child with a bottle.

As a result of the high rate of absent fatherhood in South Africa, women are bearing the burden of raising children, and children are growing up without the positive influence of a second caregiver. This is one of the reasons why MenCare partner and global co-coordinator Sonke Gender Justice is working to get fathers in South Africa more involved. 

Focusing on the positive: Fathers and families come together in Sri Lanka

Group photo of participants in the Nuwara Eliya ADP's June 2016 MenCare family retreat.

World Vision Lanka’s Nuwara Eliya Area Development Program (ADP) in Sri Lanka conducted a two-day MenCare family retreat in June 2016. Men who had completed six group sessions (based on MenCare’s Program P) were given the opportunity to attend the retreat, joined by their partners and children. In total, 50 adults and 68 children participated. During the 

Father’s Day in Russia: A widely celebrated but unofficial holiday

Parents and children play games outside.

While widely celebrated in Russia, Father’s Day remains an unofficial holiday. In June 2016, MenCare partners celebrated by taking part in festivities held across the country. The cities of Moscow, Novosibirsk, and Orenburg celebrated Father’s Day with festivals called “FatherFest.” And, for the fifth year, St. Petersburg organized an urban celebration entitled “Daddy-Starts.” Events included 

Father’s Day in Bulgaria: What happened and what we learned in 2016

Fathers and children play outside.

This year, MenCare partners in Bulgaria – and in many countries around the world – celebrated Father’s Day on June 19. After the day came to a close, Association Roditeli’s David Kiuranov, coordinator of Bulgaria’s national MenCare campaign, looked back on the holiday’s significance and the importance of engaging men in caregiving. In this blog, he shares his reflections.