April 2016: Using research and media to reframe fatherhood
MenCare’s April newsletter features events and updates from partners in the Balkans, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Kenya, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Turkey. Learn about dads who are going (back) to school, a hit TV series changing caregiving norms, Father’s Day celebrations with a purpose, and more!
On March 19, MenCare Croatia celebrated Father’s Day in the main square of Čakovec, Croatia with activities that profiled the importance of involved fatherhood and gender equality. MenCare Croatia’s SuperTata (“SuperDad”) campaign emphasizes that true gender equality can only be achieved when men are involved not as helpers but as equal partners in childcare and domestic work... Continue Reading
CARE International Balkans and its partners in the region published the State of the World's Fathers: Balkans Review in April 2016, building on the efforts of the global State of the World's Fathers report by conducting a policy review of gender-equitable fatherhood and caregiving policies in the region. Policymakers and civil society organizations contributed to developing... Continue Reading
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... Continue Reading
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... Continue Reading
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... Continue Reading
"Fathers", a popular reality TV show in Georgia, addresses the state of fatherhood and men's involvement in childcare and housework. The show was one of the most-watched shows in the country during its time slot, and it is just the latest installment in an ongoing UNFPA campaign to increase fathers' involvement in family life in Georgia... Continue Reading
In March 2016, MenCare partner World Vision Lanka launched its first cycle of fatherhood programming in the Watawala Area Development Program (ADP) in Sri Lanka. Approximately 60 participants from 24 families attended the program’s first session, which was held in the town of Hatton. The families who participated are from Vellai Oya tea estate. They... Continue Reading
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... Continue Reading
Father and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shares his “most important moment of the day.”
Men and Nutrition Stories
Men for Gender Equality Now (MEGEN) in Kenya and its partners are documenting stories and case studies related to engaging men in nutrition initiatives. Stories should focus on engaging men to support both their own nutrition requirements and to fully support meeting the nutritional needs of women and children in their households.