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Seminar on new experiences of fatherhood and caregiving held in Parma, Italy

Participants at the fatherhood and caregiving held in Parma, Italy

On September 22–23, the University of Parma hosted a seminar in Parma, Italy on the current realities of fatherhood and caregiving, along with MenCare partner Il Giardino dei Padri (a network of Italian organizations) and local associations from Parma, led by Maurizio Artoni of Il Cerchio dei Papà. In recent decades, perceptions of fatherhood and 

In Italy, taking action to redefine a father’s role within family and society

MenCare partner Il Giardino dei Padri is a network of organizations working on fatherhood and caregiving in Italy. Its members include associations that are grounded in the field of gender studies, as well as organizations with years of experience working with men of all ages. With initiatives such as Il Cerchio dei Papà (The Dads’ 

MenCare Father’s Day celebrations promote gender equality in Georgia

Father’s Day concert on June 19, 2017 organized by UNFPA and We Care in cooperation with Tbilisi City Hall, in Tbilisi, Georgia. Photo by Mariam Khotcholava for UNFPA Georgia.

2017 is the second year that the MenCare campaign in Georgia celebrates Father’s Day in June. The MenCare campaign in Georgia is an initiative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Georgia Country Office in partnership with the non-governmental organization (NGO) We Care, implemented within the framework of the United Nations Joint Programme for Gender 

Fathers from Telavi, Georgia join MenCare campaign at book-reading event

Mr. Kulessa and Mr. Lortkipanidze read books for children at Telavi Public School #1 in Georgia. Photo by Vladimer Valishvili.

In Telavi, Georgia, MenCare partners held a public book-reading event in April 2017 within the framework of the MenCare campaign. Mr. Karl Kulessa, UNFPA representative in Turkey and the Country Director in Georgia, and Mr. Alexandre Lortkipanidze, a Georgian TV presenter and screenwriter, read stories to primary school students at Telavi Public School #1. The 

Russian NGO trained in MenCare’s Program P

Group photo of Program P training participants in Moscow, 2017. Photo courtesy of Nikolai Eremin.

On April 27, MenCare partners led a training on the campaign’s Program P methodology in Moscow, Russia for participants from Training Institute, a local nongovernmental organization (NGO). Program P is a toolkit providing concrete strategies and activities to engage men in active, equitable fatherhood and caregiving. Trainings on the Program P manual, which was recently