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December 2016: MenCare stories you loved in 2016

2016 has been an eventful year for MenCare. From the unveiling of the MenCare Parental Leave Platform, to launching a new webinar series, to expanding the campaign to more than 40 countries, we have made significant strides towards a more equitable, nonviolent world.

MenCare’s December newsletter highlights our partners’ top stories this year, with updates from more than 20 countries around the globe. Below, don’t miss any of the stories you loved from 2016!

In this Issue

Featured Story

The MenCare Parental Leave Platform launches at the United Nations in New York

Map Marker  Global

In March, MenCare launched its Parental Leave Platform at the Commission on the Status of Women’s official side event "Sharing the Care." The platform presents 10 ways to leave gender inequality behind and give children care they need, calling on governments and employers to adopt equal leave policies for both parents that are well-paid, non-transferable, and adequate in length...
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MenCare partners publish review of State of the World’s Fathers for the Balkans region

Map Marker  Balkans

CARE International Balkans and its partners in the region published the State of the World’s Fathers: Balkans Review in April 2016, building on the efforts of the global State of the World’s Fathers report by conducting a policy review of gender-equitable fatherhood and caregiving policies in the region. Policymakers and civil society organizations contributed to developing...
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In Sri Lanka, MenCare Bangladesh learns strategies for engaging fathers

Map Marker  Bangladesh and Sri Lanka

After launching the Priyo Baba (“Dear Father”) campaign last year, MenCare’s partner in Bangladesh, the Center for Men and Masculinities Studies (CMMS), is working to adapt and pilot a new fatherhood program in the country. To learn from others who have already developed and tested programming in South Asia, CMMS staff recently visited MenCare partners in Sri Lanka on an exchange trip...
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MenCare applauds law to expand paternity leave from 5 to 20 days for many Brazilians

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MenCare’s partner in Brazil, Promundo, recently carried out a social media campaign to urge President Dilma Rousseff to approve new legislation within the country’s “Legal Framework for Early Childhood.” Among other relevant measures to protect children’s rights, this legal framework now provides for an expansion of paternity leave from 5 to 20 days for employees...
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MenCare partner Association Roditeli is inviting dads to kindergarten in Bulgaria

Map Marker  Bulgaria

In Bulgaria, MenCare partner Association Roditeli is leading an effort to engage fathers in their children’s education. As part of this initiative, a guidebook entitled Invite Fathers to Kindergarten has been distributed to more than 200 kindergartens in the capital city of Sofia and to five kindergartens in the Samokov municipality. The guidebook was created...
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In Georgia, MenCare is helping fathers unite for gender equality and family well-being

Map Marker  Georgia

“Every step I take or anything I do, directly or indirectly, is connected to my child.” This phrase is one of many from the “Father’s Diary” blog, which over the past two months has gained online popularity in the country of Georgia. As part of the MenCare campaign, UNFPA Georgia and its partner organization We...
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Peruvian MenCare partners launch new fatherhood campaign, kicking off month of “caring and co-responsible fatherhood”

Map Marker  Peru

MenCare partners, as part of the Peruvian “Plataforma de Paternidades,” launched a new, national fatherhood campaign in Lima at an event hosted by the Peruvian Ministry of Women on June 13. The Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations is a member of the newly formed Plataforma de Paternidades...
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MenCare partners Sonke Gender Justice and Mosaic suggest improvements to South Africa’s Labour Laws Amendment Bill

Map Marker  South Africa

South Africa’s Portfolio Committee of Labour heard oral submissions from MenCare global co-coordinator Sonke Gender Justice, MenCare partner Mosaic, and others on the Labour Laws Amendment Bill on September 22, 2016 at Parliamentary Precinct, Cape Town. The Labour Laws Amendment Bill proposes that fathers receive 10 days of paternity leave at the birth of their child and suggests provisions...
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MenCare Switzerland celebrates its public launch and shares “Swiss Dads” photo exhibition

Map Marker  Switzerland

The MenCare campaign officially launched in Switzerland on May 30. männer.ch/masculinities.ch – the umbrella organization of men’s and father’s groups advocating for gender equality in Switzerland – and the newly founded Swiss Institute for Men and Gender Issues (SIMG) are coordinating the effort. Swiss women were not allowed...
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Doing the chores, together: MenCare in Turkey promotes equitable parenting on Mother’s Day

Map Marker  Turkey

In Turkey, MenCare partner AÇEV considers Mother’s Day to be an excellent opportunity to challenge gender stereotypes and to work toward a more equal, caring society. Aiming to show how mothers and fathers can equally contribute to child development and share the care work, in May AÇEV produced an animated video for Mother’s Day. On Mother’s...
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First-ever State of America’s Fathers report reveals a tale of two fatherhoods in the United States

Map Marker  United States

In advance of Father’s Day, Promundo launched the first-ever State of America’s Fathers report as a MenCare publication. From New York to Los Angeles and Washington, DC, the country’s leading influencers, policymakers, and game-changers took an honest look at what it means to be a dad in the United States today, how it’s different than ever before, and...
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Updates in Brief


In Croatia, MenCare partners celebrated Father's Day in March with activities that profiled the importance of involved fatherhood and gender equality.


In Indonesia, partners promoted men’s involvement through programming and integrated campaigns during the final year of the MenCare+ program.


In Italy, MenCare partner Parteciparte hosted a theater festival in October to promote inclusion and equality.


In Kosovo, MenCare partners Peer Educators’ Network (PEN) and Care International hosted a conference at which the State of the World’s Fathers: Balkan Review was launched.

Latin America

In Latin America, MenCare partners explored whether facing resistance around men’s caregiving means we’re making progress in the region.


In Mozambique, Concern Worldwide, Promundo, and HOPEM developed the Clube de Diálogos methodology to engage men in challenging gender norms, promoting equality, and improving nutrition.


In the Netherlands, Rutgers adapted the MenCare Parental Leave Platform to call for increased paternity leave.


In Pakistan, MenCare partner AMAL Human Development Network launched new research on fatherhood in the country.


In Portugal, MenCare partner Promundo launched a report on the State of Fatherhood and Caregiving in Portugal in May.

Puerto Rico

In Puerto Rico, the Municipality of Vega Baja’s SePARE program, a MenCare partner, prepared to launch new groups for fathers and for men who have used violence.


In Russia, MenCare partners observed Father's Day in June – a widely celebrated but unofficial holiday – by taking part in festivities held across the country.


In Rwanda, MenCare partner the Rwanda Men’s Resource Center (RWAMREC) held a national celebration event in February to mark the completion of the country’s MenCare+ project.


In Serbia, MenCare partner Center E8 organized a “two-in-one” event in October to highlight a photo exhibit and new research revealing narratives of present, involved fatherhood.


In Uganda, the "Ugandan Dads" photo competition in May highlighted caring male role models and sparked a discussion on gender equality more broadly.


In Vietnam, MenCare partners helped open a photo exhibition in March on the importance of parental leave.

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

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

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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