Working with fathers in South Africa: MenCare+ launch

Patrick Godana – the MenCare South Africa media and government relations manager - speaking at the official launch event of MenCare+ South Africa

Thursday, 21 November 2013 marked an exciting day for MenCare+, with its official South African launch taking place in Khayelitsha’s Desmond Tutu Hall. People poured into the crowded hall for registration; after which fathers, young people, mothers, children, government personnel as well as partner organisations were seated in anticipation for the day’s proceedings. The event’s 

MenCare+ in South Africa works to address absent fatherhood

A fathers holds a baby, feeding the child with a bottle.

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.

First State of South Africa’s Fathers report highlights the importance of fathers’ involvement

MenCare global co-coordinator Sonke Gender Justice (Sonke) and the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) launched the inaugural State of South Africa’s Fathers report on July 12, 2018 in Pretoria, South Africa. The report coincides with an important moment in the country’s history in which key amendments to South Africa’s labor law will allow for better parental leave 

South Africa distributes six new MenCare+ posters in media campaign

MenCare South Africa campaign posters promoting involved, nonviolent fatherhood and caregiving.

January 2015 has seen a large-scale distribution of new MenCare+ South Africa posters to partner organizations and stakeholders in the country, including health care facilities, psychosocial care providers, local government service providers, community-based organizations, and NGOs in support of the MenCare+ focus areas. The MenCare+ South Africa poster series is made up of six posters 

In South Africa, MenCare fills the gap between family and the workplace


Globally, there continues to be tension between the home and the workplace, and parents – especially those with young children – must grapple with difficult decisions when balancing employment and family. Particularly in South Africa, sociocultural norms play an important role in shaping family structures and attitudes towards fatherhood and male involvement.