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August 2017: Engaging men as fathers from South Africa to Sri Lanka

MenCare’s August 2017 newsletter brings you updates from Bangladesh, Guatemala, Italy, Mexico, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey, the United States, and around the world. Learn more about the research, programs, and campaigns our partners are leading to engage men in fatherhood and caregiving around the world!

In this Issue

Featured Story

Research and advocacy to engage fathers in care work catalyzes action across the globe

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In advance of Father’s Day, MenCare launched the State of the World’s Fathers: Time for Action report, produced by Promundo, at a series of events in June and July 2017. The report reveals what has stalled progress toward global gender equality and outlines a bold agenda forward for men and boys doing fully 50 percent of the world’s unpaid care work, in support of achieving...
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MenCare Bangladesh’s Prio Baba campaign recognizes 8 fathers championing the empowerment of women and girls

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With the motto, “Prio Baba: Responsible Father, Happy Family, Prosperous Country,” the Prio Baba (“Dear Father”) campaign in Bangladesh has successfully completed a 21-month research initiative carried out by MenCare partner Center for Men and Masculinities Studies (CMMS). The initiative was implemented by CMMS and funded by the UBS Optimus Fund, with technical support from...
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In Italy, taking action to redefine a father’s role within family and society

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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...
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“Day of Co-Responsibility” at one of Mexico’s largest universities promotes gender equality at home and at work

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MenCare partner Cómplices por la Equidad participated in a “Day of Co-Responsibility” on June 16, 2017 at the Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN), one of Mexico’s largest polytechnic universities. Building on the MenCare campaign’s advocacy for gender equality in paid and unpaid work, this event created a safe space within the university community for reflection...
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Making it easier for dads to raise their children

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If we can find an answer to the question of greater involvement by fathers in the care of their children, millions of women and children will benefit from better care and dads themselves will have an improved quality of life. The issue of the unequal distribution...
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Changing the role of a father in his family in Sri Lanka

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A growing and overwhelming body of evidence confirms that engaged fatherhood is good for children, good for women, and good for men themselves. But not many fathers know it. In the majority of Sri Lankan families, cooking, feeding, washing, cleaning, and bringing up children is perceived as a woman’s responsibility...
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Featured Research

2017 Review of Leave Policies and Research

The International Network on Leave Policies and Research has released its 2017 review of leave policies and related research. The review covers maternity, paternity, and parental leaves; leave to care for sick children and other employment-related measures to support working parents; and early childhood education and care policy across 42 countries.

Read the full review here.

Featured Video

When A Father Is Involved

Two videos from MenCare partner AÇEV’s İlk İş Babalık campaign show the importance of involved fatherhood for children’s learning and exploration.

Watch “When A Father Is Involved, The Child Learns” here and “When A Father Provides Opportunities, The Child Will Explore” here.

Featured Poster

“Yo te vi nacer, no te fallaré”

This poster from Guatemala’s MenCare campaign sends an important message about being involved from the start. The poster reads: “I saw you being born, I won’t let you down.”

See the poster here.

Recommended Read

A global focus on the next generation of fathers

In Global Daily, Dalberg Global Development Advisors’ Shruthi Jayaram and Promundo’s Gary Barker explore the unequal distribution of care work between men and women around the world, as well as barriers to – and strategies for – change.

Read the full article here.

Who's Who at MenCare

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

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

Alexa Hassink
MenCare Communications & Advocacy
Senior Communications & Advocacy Officer,
Washington, DC

Nina Ford
MenCare News & Communications
Senior Communications Associate,
Washington, DC

Annaick Miller
MenCare Updates & Media
Communications Assistant,
Washington, DC

Abby Fried
MenCare New Partners
Program Assistant,
Washington, DC

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