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In Sri Lanka’s plantation sector, religious and community leaders promote involved fatherhood

Community and religious leaders attend a session of MenCare Sri Lanka's "Training of Trainers."

In July, MenCare Sri Lanka trained 30 religious and community leaders on how to promote involved, nonviolent fatherhood and gender-equitable parenting in their work. Participants in the MenCare “Training of Trainers” program included Christian pastors, Hindu religious teachers, former MenCare facilitators, and community volunteers from the Ambagamuwa Area Development Program (ADP), along with a dozen 

MenCare+ Rwanda encourages thousands to share the care work, end cycles of violence

Men participate in a MenCare+ fathers' group session in Rwanda.

In July 2015, MenCare+ Rwanda, or “Bandebereho,” successfully completed its third cycle of young men’s, young women’s, and fathers’ group education countrywide. This cycle led to a considerable increase in the number of people promoting MenCare principles in their homes and communities, sharing the care work, and preventing gender-based violence in Rwanda. Currently, Bandebereho has 

MenCare+ expands to Papua, Indonesia to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights, prevent gender-based violence

Speakers at the July 2015 launch of MenCare Papua in Indonesia.

On July 8, MenCare partner Rutgers WPF Indonesia launched the expansion of its MenCare+ program to the eastern Indonesian province of Papua. The launch ceremony was held in the provincial capital of Jayapura, and Indonesia’s Minister for Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Yohana Yembise gave the launch’s keynote address. UNFPA Indonesia representative Jose Ferraris, also 

Brazil celebrates Father’s Month in August with education and advocacy for change

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This year, Brazil celebrated Father’s Day (Dia dos Pais, in Portuguese) on August 9. MenCare partners in Brazil dedicated “Father’s Month” to providing education about the importance of men’s active engagement in their children’s lives – from pregnancy and beyond – and to advocating for national policies and programs that support this involvement. Below are 

In South Africa, MenCare+ workshops equip social workers to engage fathers

Participants at a MenCare+ workshop for social workers in South Africa.

In the past, most social work interventions and social welfare legislation in South Africa have been geared exclusively toward women and children – and their protection. With this approach, they may be missing part of the solution. These policies and interventions do not often consider the positive impact that men’s equitable, nonviolent involvement in families