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July 2016: Taking on an equal share of the care


MenCare’s July newsletter features events and updates from partners in Bulgaria, Canada, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, the United States, and worldwide.

Watch MenCare’s webinar on men and unpaid care, read up on research and advocacy around involved fatherhood, learn about partners’ Father’s Day celebrations around the world, and more!

In this Issue

Featured Story

MenCare presents webinar on men, equality, and unpaid care

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In no country in the world are men doing as much childcare or domestic work as women are. Globally, women are spending more than twice as much time as men on unpaid care work. These unequal care responsibilities are a barrier to gender equality, to economic opportunities and development, and to the full realization of...
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First-ever State of America’s Fathers report reveals a tale of two fatherhoods in the United States

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In advance of Father’s Day, Promundo launched the first-ever State of America’s Fathers report as a MenCare publication. From New York to Los Angeles and Washington, DC, the country’s leading influencers, policymakers, and game-changers took an honest look at what it means to be a dad in the United States today, how it’s different than ever before, and...
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Father’s Day in Bulgaria: What happened and what we learned in 2016

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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...
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Promundo launches report on the State of Fatherhood and Caregiving in Portugal

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Promundo-Europe, in collaboration with the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra and the Coimbra School of Nursing, launched its first report on the State of Involved and Nonviolent Fatherhood in Portugal at “Big Plans for Equality,” the fourth meeting of health professionals hosted by the Association for Family Planning in Lisbon on May 31...
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Father’s Day in Russia: A widely celebrated but unofficial holiday

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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...
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MERGE for Equality promotes paid parental leave to advance gender equality in the United States

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MERGE for Equality, a new MenCare partner in the United States, is a recently formed organization based in western Massachusetts that seeks to engage individuals and communities in transforming masculinity to advance gender equality. MERGE was created out of the 35-year legacy of the Men’s Resource Center for Change and Men’s Resources International, as well...
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In Sri Lanka, World Vision Lanka’s Ambagamuwa ADP trains government officials on how to support involved fatherhood

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World Vision Lanka’s Ambagamuwa Area Development Program (ADP) in Sri Lanka was the first in the country to carry out MenCare programming. Building on four years of experience, the Ambagamuwa ADP is now helping others begin work with fathers in new areas. In July 2016, the Ambagamuwa ADP organized a two-day “Training of Trainers” program at the...
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MenCare+ in South Africa works to address absent fatherhood

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

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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...
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Featured Campaign

Involving fathers to end sexual violence


The White Ribbon Campaign explores the "It Starts With You" initiative, sharing concrete tips for dads to promote gender equality and to prevent gender-based violence.

Read all of the tips here.


Featured Resource

Early Learning Toolkit


From Results for Development (R4D) and the Center for Education Innovations (CEI), the Early Learning Toolkit contains practical resources – such as MenCare's Program P – to support work in early childhood settings, schools, and communities.

Explore the Early Learning Toolkit here.


Featured Video

The Making of Swiss Dads


In this behind-the-scenes video, photographer Johan Bävman documents the making of the "Swiss Dads" photo series depicting fathers engaged in care work.

Watch the video here.


Featured Research

Teenagers who feel they matter to dad have better mental health


Teenagers who think they don’t matter much to their fathers or stepfathers face significant risks to their mental health, finds a new study in communities in Arizona and California.

Read more on the Child and Family Blog.


Who's Who at MenCare


Ruti Levtov
MenCare Global Co-Coordinator
Senior Research & Program Officer,
Promundo-US
Washington, DC
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Wessel van den Berg
MenCare Global Co-Coordinator
Programme Manager,
Sonke Gender Justice
Cape Town, South Africa
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Giovanna Lauro
MenCare Global Advocacy
Deputy Director, International Programs,
Promundo-US
Washington, DC
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Alexa Hassink
MenCare Communications & Advocacy
Senior Communications & Advocacy Officer,
Promundo-US
Washington, DC
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Nina Ford
MenCare News & Communications
Senior Communications Associate,
Promundo-US
Washington, DC
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Annaick Miller
MenCare Updates & Media
Communications Assistant,
Promundo-US
Washington, DC
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Abby Fried
MenCare New Partners
Program Assistant,
Promundo-US
Washington, DC
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