Europe and Central Asia

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In Europe and Central Asia, MenCare partners are engaging men as caregivers and as fathers through powerful media campaigns, high-impact program development, and local- and national-level advocacy initiatives in 19 countries. In Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, SpainSweden, Switzerland, TurkeyUkraine, and the United Kingdom, as well as in the Balkans region, our partners focus on issues ranging from gender equality and violence against women to child protection and family wellbeing.

Across the region, MenCare partners work to support active caregiving that is free from violence. From Bulgaria and Latvia to Turkey, campaign posters and videos break down stereotypes around men and caregiving by depicting images of positive and engaged fatherhood. In Armenia, work with youth and couples aims to transform norms that lead to prenatal sex selection, while in Portugal, materials in health centers inform patients about parental leave legislation and the benefits of involved fatherhood. From Sweden to Russia, our partners’ work with fathers, couples, and health professionals aims to advance gender equality and family wellbeing at both the individual and institutional levels.

For more information on MenCare in Europe and Central Asia, check out the regional highlights below, and visit Bulgaria’s Being a Father website in Bulgarian; Portugal’s Eu sou pai website in Portuguese; and Switzerland’s MenCare website in French, German, and Italian.

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MenCare Georgia celebrates Gender Week

Kakha Kintsurashvili with son

On March 2, at the Radison Blu Iveria Hotel, members and supporters of the MenCare Georgia Campaign celebrated Gender Week in Georgia, which aims to reinforce men’s support to achieving gender equality. Activists of the MenCare Campaign, who strongly believe that gender equality is

MenCare partner Center E8 adapts viral “Dear Daddy” short film for Serbia

As part of its “Super Dad” campaign, Center E8, a MenCare partner in Serbia, developed a Serbian adaptation and voice-over of the “Dear Daddy” short film originally created by CARE Norway. The moving 5-minute video, “Dear Daddy,” is an appeal to fathers around the world to show that violence against women is never acceptable. It 

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Being a Father: A State of the World’s Fathers Film

Produced alongside the first-ever State of the World’s Fathers report, "Being a Father" asks fathers, mothers, and children from around the world: "What does fatherhood mean to you?"

Turkey’s MenCare Campaign

MenCare Turkey's "You Are My Father" campaign promotes active and equitable fatherhood, and aims to end violence against women.

Father’s Day Bulgaria 2014

This film is about an event that celebrated Father's Day and the importance of the father-child relationship in Bulgaria.

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Program P
Program P

Program P is MenCare's manual for engaging men in fatherhood, in caregiving, and in maternal, newborn, and child health.

Images of Fatherhood: Summary
Images of Fatherhood: Summary

This English report summarizes the study carried out among a Dutch fathers, obtaining insight into fathers’ involvement in caregiving.

The MenCare Parental Leave Platform: Netherlands Platform
The MenCare Parental Leave Platform: Netherlands Platform

This Dutch adaptation of the MenCare Parental Leave Platform advocates for greater paid parental and paternity leave in the Netherlands.

State of Involved and Nonviolent Fatherhood in Portugal
State of Involved and Nonviolent Fatherhood in Portugal

The State of Involved and Nonviolent Fatherhood in Portugal report presents an overview of fatherhood and caregiving in Portugal.