In Italy – and in several other countries around the world – Father’s Day is celebrated annually on March 19. This year, MenCare partner Il Giardino dei Padri, a network of organizations working on fatherhood and caregiving in Italy, have organized a series of Father’s Day events around a common set of messages. Their campaign …
Europe and Central Asia
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, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, 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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New fathers in Russia are not guaranteed any paid paternity leave (leave designated specifically for fathers). However, the Russian government does provide paid parental leave that can be used by one of a child’s parents – mother or father – or the child’s primary caregiver. It consists of 18 months of paid leave at 40 …
MenCare partner Association Roditeli recently launched a guidebook for Bulgarian parents, entitled Caregiving to help children blossom, as part of MenCare Bulgaria’s “Being a Dad” campaign. The guidebook is based on a publication for social workers, Guidelines for Secure Family Environment, created by the For Our Children Foundation. For Our Children has received praise from …
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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?"
MenCare Turkey's "You Are My Father" campaign promotes active and equitable fatherhood, and aims to end violence against women.
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Program P is MenCare's manual for engaging men in fatherhood, in caregiving, and in maternal, newborn, and child health.
This report presents the state of fatherhood in Russia, filling the gap in research on men’s engagement in care work and on the key role of fathers in gender equality.
This English report summarizes the study carried out among a Dutch fathers, obtaining insight into fathers’ involvement in caregiving.
This Dutch adaptation of the MenCare Parental Leave Platform advocates for greater paid parental and paternity leave in the Netherlands.