Sub-Saharan Africa

Engaging men as gender-equitable fathers and caregivers to reduce malnutrition in Mozambique

Concern Worldwide is working to address chronic malnutrition and extreme poverty in Mozambique by engaging men in shared caregiving and gender equality, as part of its Linking Agribusiness and Nutrition (LAN) project in the country’s Manica and Zambezia provinces. No father wants an unhealthy or unhappy family, which is what initially motivates most men to join Concern’s LAN project 

All fathers and adoptive parents need paid parental leave

Man holding baby and cooking in South Africa.

In 2011 Douglas Newman-Valentine, a 28-year-old nursing lecturer, and his husband, Marlow, adopted a baby girl — and, as is usual for any new parent, needed to take time off work to care for her. Douglas’s employer, the University of Cape Town (UCT), took the progressive step of offering him four months’ paid paternity leave. 

MenCare partners Sonke Gender Justice and Mosaic suggest improvements to South Africa’s Labour Laws Amendment Bill

Andrew holds his newborn in a still from "MenCare Short: South Africa."

South Africa’s Portfolio Committee of Labour heard oral submissions from MenCare global co-coordinator Sonke Gender Justice, MenCare partner Mosaic, and others on the Labour Laws Amendment Bill on September 22, 2016 at Parliamentary Precinct, Cape Town. The Labour Laws Amendment Bill proposes that fathers receive 10 days of paternity leave at the birth of their child and suggests provisions 

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.