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August 2015: From religious leaders to health professionals, here’s how we’re promoting involved fatherhood

MenCare’s August newsletter features events and updates from our partners in Albania, Brazil, Bulgaria, Indonesia, Peru, Portugal, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and worldwide.

Learn about the launch of new MenCare campaigns, read up on religious leaders and health professionals supporting men’s caregiving, check out innovative initiatives to involve dads for Father’s Day (and “Father’s Month”), and more!

In this Issue

Featured Story

MenCare Peru announces winners in third annual fatherhood photography contest

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The Red Peruana de Masculinidades, a MenCare Peru partner, announced the winners of its third annual fatherhood photography contest on July 23, 2015. The nationwide competition received over 40 entries. It was designed to increase the visibility of Peruvian fathers involved in care work, and to promote active, responsible, affectionate, and gender-equitable models of fatherhood.
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In South Africa, MenCare+ workshops equip social workers to engage fathers

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In the past, most social work interventions and social welfare legislation in South Africa have been geared exclusively toward women and children – and their protection. These policies and interventions do not often consider the positive impact that men's equitable, nonviolent involvement in families can have. Since 2014, the Department of Social Development in South Africa has partnered with MenCare+ South Africa to strengthen the government's capacity to engage fathers in their families in positive ways.
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Brazil celebrates Father’s Month in August with education and advocacy for change

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This year, Brazil celebrated Father’s Day (Dia dos Pais, in Portuguese) on August 9. MenCare partners in Brazil dedicated “Father’s Month” to providing education about the importance of men’s active engagement in their children’s lives – from pregnancy and beyond – and to advocating for national policies and programs that support this involvement.
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MenCare+ expands to Papua, Indonesia, promoting sexual and reproductive health

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On July 8, MenCare partner Rutgers WPF Indonesia launched the expansion of its MenCare+ program to the eastern Indonesian province of Papua. The launch ceremony was held in the provincial capital of Jayapura, and Indonesia’s Minister for Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Yohana Yembise gave the launch’s keynote address. UNFPA Indonesia representative Jose Ferraris, also shared his perspectives.
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Father’s Day activities around Bulgaria highlight importance of engaging dads

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Father’s Day in Bulgaria, celebrated on June 21 this year, is a relatively new event on the Bulgarian holiday calendar. With the expansion of the MenCare campaign throughout Bulgaria, however, Father’s Day is becoming more and more popular. In cities, towns, and villages across Bulgaria this year, partners and supporters of MenCare Bulgaria’s “Being a Dad” campaign celebrated Father’s Day with a variety of activities and events, involving hundreds of families.
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Albania launches first ever MenCare campaign in July

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Albania formally launched its first ever MenCare campaign in Tirana on July 16, 2015. Featuring a roundtable discussion with speakers from local and international organizations, the United Nations, and the Albanian Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth, the launch event highlighted the importance of fathers’ and male caregivers’ active participation in childcare and household tasks. The launch also unveiled a photography exhibition, featuring Albanian fathers and male role models.
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In Sri Lanka, religious and community leaders promote involved fatherhood

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In July, MenCare Sri Lanka trained 30 religious and community leaders on how to promote involved, nonviolent fatherhood and gender-equitable parenting in their work. Participants in the MenCare “Training of Trainers” program included Christian pastors, Hindu religious teachers, former MenCare facilitators, and community volunteers from the Ambagamuwa Area Development Program (ADP).
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MenCare+ Rwanda encourages thousands to share the care work

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In July 2015, MenCare+ Rwanda, or “Bandebereho,” successfully completed its third cycle of young men’s, young women’s, and fathers’ group education countrywide. This cycle led to a considerable increase in the number of people promoting MenCare principles in their homes and communities, sharing the care work, and preventing gender-based violence in Rwanda.
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National committee on men and fatherhood forms in Lima, Peru

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Twenty representatives from civil society, government, and United Nations institutions came together to form a Peruvian national committee on fatherhood as part of the MenCare Campaign on August 4-5, 2015. The meeting aimed to strengthen collaboration across sectors and promote a shared plan of action for engaged fatherhood and gender equality.
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Going beyond statistics in promoting men's caregiving in Portugal

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In terms of overall progress toward gender equality – including paid paternity leave, statistics show Portugal is on par with many other European Union countries. But what are the numbers not showing us when we look at men's caregiving?
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Featured Photo

Hospital by María Bashi

Of 40+ entries, Hospital by María Bashi is the winner of MenCare Peru's third annual fatherhood photography contest.

Check out all of the stunning photos on the MenCare blog.

Featured Article

9 important ways dads impact the lives of their children

The State of the World’s Fathers report, produced by MenCare and its partners, analyzed hundreds of global studies on fatherhood that show why and how fathers matter.

The Huffington Post shares nine of these findings on ways in which fathers impact the lives of their children.

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Featured Video

Georgian men and gender equality

Recent research in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region shows that fathers are often not involved in the upbringing of their children.

Campaigns in Georgia – including this video from UNFPA – are drawing attention to these findings and promoting a stronger role for men at home.

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Featured Resource

Mums the word!

A new study from Harvard University found that daughters of mothers in paid employment have better careers and more equal relationships.

The study, Mums the Word! Cross-national Effects of Maternal Employment on Gender Inequalities at Work and at Home, also found that sons raised by an employed mother spend more time caring for family members than men whose mothers stayed home full-time.

Read more in the Guardian.

Featured Event

SVRI Forum 2015

The Sexual Violence Research Initiative's fourth international conference, the SVRI Forum 2015, will take place in Stellenbosch, South Africa on September 14-17.

The forum aims to showcase innovation to end sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and child abuse, and strengthen responses to survivors in low and middle income countries.

Learn more.

Featured Opportunity

Tell your story

Breakthrough is currently in production on an interactive storytelling project that will harness the power of personal stories through user-generated content to illuminate the ways that gender norms, gender-based discrimination, and violence show up in people’s everyday lives.

Breakthrough is collecting stories from people (from all genders and sexual orientations), about their personal experience with gender stereotypes and violence.

Learn more and tell your story.

Get In Touch

State of the World's Fathers

Have you used MenCare's recently released State of the World's Fathers report in your work? Has it helped in your research and programming? Have you utilized it for advocacy? Have you shared it with others?

Email us to let us know!

Who's Who at MenCare

Ruti Levtov
MenCare Global Co-Coordinator
Program Officer,
Washington, DC

Wessel van den Berg
MenCare Global Co-Coordinator
Programme Manager,
Sonke Gender Justice
Cape Town, South Africa

Giovanna Lauro
MenCare Global Advocacy
Deputy Director, International Programs,
Washington, DC

Alexa Hassink
MenCare Communications
Communications Officer,
Program Associate, Promundo-US
Washington, DC

Nina Ford
MenCare Updates & Media
Communications Associate,
Washington, DC

MenCare is a global fatherhood campaign, coordinated by Promundo and Sonke Gender Justice. Our mission is to promote men’s involvement as equitable, non-violent fathers and caregivers in order to achieve family well-being and gender equality.

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