Europe and Central Asia

In Italy, taking action to redefine a father’s role within family and society

MenCare partner Il Giardino dei Padri is a network of organizations working on fatherhood and caregiving in Italy. Its members include associations that are grounded in the field of gender studies, as well as organizations with years of experience working with men of all ages. With initiatives such as Il Cerchio dei Papà (The Dads’ 

MenCare Father’s Day celebrations promote gender equality in Georgia

Father’s Day concert on June 19, 2017 organized by UNFPA and We Care in cooperation with Tbilisi City Hall, in Tbilisi, Georgia. Photo by Mariam Khotcholava for UNFPA Georgia.

2017 is the second year that the MenCare campaign in Georgia celebrates Father’s Day in June. The MenCare campaign in Georgia is an initiative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Georgia Country Office in partnership with the non-governmental organization (NGO) We Care, implemented within the framework of the United Nations Joint Programme for Gender 

Fathers from Telavi, Georgia join MenCare campaign at book-reading event

Mr. Kulessa and Mr. Lortkipanidze read books for children at Telavi Public School #1 in Georgia. Photo by Vladimer Valishvili.

In Telavi, Georgia, MenCare partners held a public book-reading event in April 2017 within the framework of the MenCare campaign. Mr. Karl Kulessa, UNFPA representative in Turkey and the Country Director in Georgia, and Mr. Alexandre Lortkipanidze, a Georgian TV presenter and screenwriter, read stories to primary school students at Telavi Public School #1. The 

Russian NGO trained in MenCare’s Program P

Group photo of Program P training participants in Moscow, 2017. Photo courtesy of Nikolai Eremin.

On April 27, MenCare partners led a training on the campaign’s Program P methodology in Moscow, Russia for participants from Training Institute, a local nongovernmental organization (NGO). Program P is a toolkit providing concrete strategies and activities to engage men in active, equitable fatherhood and caregiving. Trainings on the Program P manual, which was recently 

MenCare partner AÇEV puts involved fatherhood at center stage in 2017

A father and child play together. Photo courtesy of AÇEV.

In Turkey, MenCare partner AÇEV began a series of research, advocacy, and campaign activities in April 2017 to engage key stakeholders from all parts of society in transforming fatherhood and promoting gender equality, including increasing awareness among fathers about their role in childcare, child development, and equitable parenting. Through a range of local and national