November 2016: Fathers creating safe spaces for children
MenCare’s November newsletter brings you updates from Bulgaria, Guatemala, Indonesia, Luxembourg, Mozambique, Serbia, Sri Lanka, the United States, and around the world. Read up on campaigns to engage fathers in violence prevention, learn more about programming to involve dads in children’s health and nutrition, and check out calls for evidence on respectful maternity care and the early childhood workforce.
From November 25 to December 10 each year, thousands of organizations around the world participate in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. MenCare is joining these voices in advocating and acting against gender-based violence (GBV). The 16 Days Campaign aims to raise awareness, strengthen local and national programs, and advocate for government policies to eliminate... Continue Reading
MenCare's global co-coordinator Promundo is working with the White Ribbon Alliance, USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program, and Jhpiego to better understand the issue of men and respectful maternity care, and to develop relevant guidelines and resources. We need your help! Tell us about your experiences and views on engaging men to contribute to a higher quality of maternity care and to promote gender equality and social justice... Continue Reading
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... Continue Reading
In 2015 and 2016, World Vision Lanka has engaged hundreds of fathers in the Ambagamuwa Area Development Program (ADP) in caregiving and gender equality, working to create family-wide and community-wide transformation through its MenCare programming. World Vision Lanka has shared stories of the changes men have undergone as a part of the program: reducing their... Continue Reading
MenCare partner Center E8 organized a “two-in-one” event on October 28, 2016 in Belgrade, Serbia as part of its “Super Dad” campaign. The event featured the opening of a photo exhibition on active, engaged, gender-equitable, nonviolent, and responsible fatherhood, as well as a new research publication on fatherhood entitled Daddy, You’re Here, by author and... Continue Reading
“As a father today, I am more of a companion to my kids. […] Each one of them is a different world and they want and like different things.” This is just one reflection that emerged from a gathering of six fathers who met during MenCare Bulgaria’s “Fathers’ Eve” event. At the beginning of the country’s Father’s Week in November 2016, we held the event to discuss fatherhood and caregiving with participants. ... Continue Reading
MenCare partner World Vision Lanka recently published a compilation of 13 stories, entitled The Art of Family Living, from MenCare participants in the Patana and Devon Area Development Programmes. These stories from fathers show the ways in which MenCare in Sri Lanka has improved child protection, health and nutrition, and education; couple relationships; and peace... Continue Reading
Results for Development (R4D) is carrying out a series of landscape analyses to assess the size and scope of the challenges currently faced by the early childhood workforce. R4D is calling for global, regional, and country-level evidence on the early childhood workforce, with specific emphasis on: competencies and standards, training and professional development, monitoring and mentoring, and recognition of the profession.
If you have any sources to share or suggestions for additional evidence to include, please email Radhika Mitter by December 9, 2016.
On November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, MenCare partner ECPAT Guatemala shared a message and an infographic about the importance of continuing the fight to end violence against women.
Read the message and view the infographic in Spanish here.
Rutgers WPF Indonesia and its partners from Laki-Laki Peduli, the MenCare campaign in Indonesia, are participating in 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence by entering the Planet 50-50 Gender Equality Comic & Cartoon Competition and by hosting a seminar on December 5 on the “National Consolidation of Accountability of Male Involvement in the Women's Movement.”