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December 2017: Engaging dads through advocacy and action


MenCare’s December 2017 newsletter brings you updates from Central America, Georgia, the Netherlands, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sweden, 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 worldwide. The MenCare campaign is now active in 45 countries on five continents!

In this Issue

Featured Story

First-ever Regional Training Initiative (RTI) works to strengthen capacity, build network of gender justice advocates in Central America

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Decades of research and program implementation have shown that meaningful, transformative engagement with men and boys – as fathers, caregivers, and beyond – can have a significant impact on promoting gender equality and preventing violence. However, many of these interventions with men and boys – like those for women...
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Mari Nakani’s photo project is helping redefine Georgian men’s involvement in unpaid care

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The survey Men and Gender Relations in Georgia, conducted with UNFPA’s support, finds that only 14% of men in Georgia are primarily responsible for cooking, only 13% do the laundry, and only 12% clean the apartment. The share of men involved...
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MenCare partner MERGE for Equality is working to change the way we raise boys in the United States

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MERGE for Equality, a MenCare partner in the United States, is working to change the way we raise boys through two pilot initiatives targeting early childhood educators and child-serving agencies: the Developing Healthy Boys Training and the Children’s Book Campaign. On November 29-30, 2017, nearly 60 early childhood educators and community leaders, representing...
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In Russia, an interactive map and online portal are bringing together organizations that work with fathers

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At an event in St. Petersburg on December 1, 2017, MenCare partners in Russia launched an interactive map showing the Russian organizations, centers, and activist groups that are working to engage men as involved fathers and caregivers in the country, as part of the new “Отцовство в России” (“Fatherhood in Russia”) online portal. The interactive...
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Sonke welcomes passing of Labour Laws Amendment Bill as landmark achievement for all parents in South Africa

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Sonke Gender Justice, MenCare’s global co-coordinator, welcomed the acceptance of the Labour Laws Amendment Bill (LLAB) by South Africa’s National Assembly on November 28, 2017. The legislation provides for 10 days of parental/paternity leave for new fathers and non-birth-giving mothers, along with expanded adoption leave, increased maternity leave benefits, and additional parental and workplace protections....
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State of the World’s Fathers 2017 is now available in Swedish

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MenCare partners Men for Gender Equality Sweden (MÄN) and Save the Children Sweden launched the Swedish translation of the 2017 State of the Worlds Fathers: Time for Action report on November 10, 2017 at an event in Stockholm, Sweden. State of the World’s Fathers: Time for Action, a MenCare publication...
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In Sri Lanka, 225 fathers commit to loving relationships and equitable caregiving

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World Vision Lanka’s Nuwara Eliya Area Program (AP), a MenCare partner, recently conducted its annual graduation from the MenCare program in the Hill Country of Sri Lanka. After participating in 11 sessions to build gender-equitable parenting and caregiving skills, a total of 225 fathers graduated from the program, modeled on MenCare’s Program P. During the event, graduating fathers...
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Fatherhood 2.0 Engages Bhutanese, Burmese, and Nepalese Fathers in the United States

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In December 2017, MenCare global co-coordinator Promundo and Steering Committee member MenEngage Alliance conducted a training of facilitators on engaging Bhutanese, Burmese, and Nepalese refugee and immigrant fathers in the United States through a new program called Fatherhood 2.0. Fatherhood 2.0 is an adaptation of MenCare’s Program P, which provides concrete strategies to engage men in active fatherhood from prenatal...
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In Georgia, “Lullaby for Lilly” children’s book highlights gender-equitable caregiving at home

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On December 8, 2017, MenCare partners in Georgia presented the children’s book Lullaby for Lilly (იავნანა ლილისთვის) at an event dedicated to the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. The book is written by...
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MenCare partners celebrate government commitment to expand parental leave in the Netherlands

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On October 10, 2017, leaders of the Dutch parliament presented their new coalition agreement, titled Confidence in the Future, which includes provisions to expand parental leave in the Netherlands. Under the new agreement, the Dutch government agreed to extend leave for fathers (and other partners)...

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New Research

Children who are spanked are more likely to be violent toward future dating partners


A new study by researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston found that spanked children are more likely to be violent toward future dating partners, adding a new reason for parents to be wary of corporal punishment.

Read more in Romper here.


Recommended Reads

Could innovations in male contraception be the future of family planning?


Male contraceptive methods represent a “huge missed opportunity” for the development community both in terms of driving family planning and in helping to promote gender equality, advocates say.

Read more in Devex here.


‘I’m not a good enough dad.’ Men get postpartum depression too


A new study finds that paternal postpartum depression may be more widespread than previously thought, and many men do not seek help.

Read more in Time here.


Featured Opportunity

Call for Papers – 4th International Conference on Shared Parenting


The 4th International Conference on Shared Parenting will be held in Strasbourg, France on November 22-23, 2018. Specialists in the field of shared parenting – representing both the academic sciences and the legal and family professions – are invited to present their research results and professional practice accounts at this interdisciplinary conference.

Find out more about how to submit an abstract or paper here.


Who’s Who at MenCare


Tim Shand
MenCare Global Co-Coordinator
Vice President of Advocacy and Partnerships,
Promundo-US
Washington, DC
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Wessel van den Berg
MenCare Global Co-Coordinator
Programme Manager,
Sonke Gender Justice
Cape Town, South Africa
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Alexa Hassink
MenCare Communications & Advocacy
Senior Communications & Advocacy Officer,
Promundo-US
Washington, DC
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Nina Ford
MenCare News & Communications
Senior Communications Associate,
Promundo-US
Washington, DC
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Annaick Miller
MenCare Updates & Media
Communications Assistant,
Promundo-US
Washington, DC
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Abby Fried
MenCare New Partners
Program Assistant,
Promundo-US
Washington, DC
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Belén Bonilla
MenCare Communications Support
Communications & Media Intern,
Promundo-US
Washington, DC
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