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February 2017: Exploring active fatherhood from Bolivia to Bulgaria

Happy New Year to our MenCare partners, colleagues, and friends! In 2017, join us in continuing to engage men as equitable, nonviolent fathers and caregivers worldwide.

MenCare’s first newsletter of 2017 features events and updates from Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Italy, Pakistan, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sweden, and around the world. Check out new fatherhood research and publications, read up on campaigns to prevent gender-based violence, and learn more about partners’ upcoming plans for engaging men in care.

In this Issue

Featured Story

MenCare partner Center E8 adapts viral “Dear Daddy” short film for Serbia

Map Marker  Serbia

As part of its “Super Dad” campaign, Center E8, a MenCare partner in Serbia, developed a Serbian adaptation and voice-over of the “Dear Daddy” short film originally created by CARE Norway. The moving 5-minute video, “Dear Daddy,” is an appeal to fathers around the world to show that violence against women is never acceptable. It...
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At Moscow conference, MenCare partners in Russia launch fatherhood research

Map Marker  Russia

Two new publications highlighting equitable and nonviolent fatherhood were presented at the “Fatherhood in Russia Today” conference in Moscow on December 7-8, 2016. Russian and international researchers attended the conference alongside representatives of state and public organizations from Russia, Belarus, Sweden, Ukraine, and the United States. The first report, State of the World’s Fathers, was...
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MenCare partner AMAL leads extensive 16 Days of Activism campaign in Pakistan

Map Marker  Pakistan

MenCare partner AMAL Human Development Network used the 16 Days of Activism in November and December 2016 as a strategic opportunity to renew its efforts to engage men and fathers to end gender-based violence in Pakistan. During the 16 Days campaign, with the help of various partners and volunteers, AMAL’s messages about nonviolence and women’s...
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MenCare Bulgaria hosts “Being a Dad” conference to engage fathers in education and social work

Map Marker  Bulgaria

On December 1, 2016, partners of Bulgaria’s national “Being A Dad” campaign, including Association Roditeli, organized the “Being A Dad” conference in Sofia, Bulgaria with more than 90 participants. The goal of the conference was to share experiences of partners from across the country and to form recommendations for Bulgarian kindergartens, schools, and organizations that...
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MenCare partners launch adaptation of Program P for Bolivia

Map Marker  Bolivia

In December 2016, MenCare partners launched Program P Bolivia, an adaptation of MenCare’s Program P methodology, specific to the context of El Alto, Bolivia. Program P, named for “padre” in Spanish and “pai” in Portuguese, meaning “father,” provides concrete strategies and activities to engage men in active fatherhood from their partners’ pregnancies through their children’s...
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In Italy, MenCare partner Parteciparte uses Theatre of the Oppressed to explore men’s engagement in care work

Map Marker  Italy

How do you involve men in care? MenCare partner Parteciparte will continue to explore that question in Italy in 2017 using Theatre of the Oppressed, during which audience members can intervene on stage to influence the performance. The narrative that Parteciparte wants to change in 2017 is one of men and care. Parteciparte believes that...
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In Portugal’s health system, MenCare partners provide training on fatherhood and care

Map Marker  Portugal

In January 2017, health professionals in the Dr. Daniel de Matos and Bissaya Barreto maternity hospitals and in the Pediatric Hospital of Coimbra attended a training course on fatherhood and care in the health system. The initiative, hosted at the Nursing School of Coimbra (ESEnfC), is part of MenCare’s Program P, which was adapted for...
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Positive Fatherhood: 5 South African couples reveal the joys – and challenges – of parenting

Map Marker  South Africa

In South Africa, as in most countries, social and economic policies continue to reflect and reinforce the link between fatherhood and work, and motherhood and care. Providing leave for fathers is one way to encourage men’s increased participation in caregiving as well as a more equal division of household labour between men...
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Featured Publication

State of Brazil’s Fathers

The State of Brazil’s Fathers report presents the current state of fatherhood and caregiving in Brazil, focusing on topics such as sexual and reproductive health; maternal, newborn, and child health; men’s health; violence against women and children; employment; public policies; civil society initiatives; and same-sex couples.

Read the report here.

Suggested Stories

The Art of Family Living

MenCare partner World Vision Lanka recently published a compilation of 13 stories, entitled The Art of Family Living. These stories from fathers show the ways in which MenCare in Sri Lanka has improved child protection, health and nutrition, and education; couple relationships; and peace and harmony in the home.

Read the stories here.

Recommended Read

Latte Pappas

Sweden is one of the countries leading the fight for gender-equal parenting. Fatherhood researchers in Sweden investigate the physical and hormonal effects of being a hands-on dad.

Read the full article in Aeon here.

Featured Opportunities

Why We Care About Care

Registration is now open for “Why We Care About Care,” an online moderated course providing a global perspective on care work and the care economy by the UN Women Training Centre. The deadline to register is March 30.

Learn more here and RSVP here.

Youth Researchers at SVRI Forum

As part of the “Being Heard” project, SVRI is recruiting 10 young researchers (aged 18-24) to attend the SVRI Forum 2017, as well as five facilitators to support them. The forum will take place September 18-21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Applications may be submitted by NGOs based in East Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean that work with young people and children and have experience undertaking participatory research with young people affected by violence.

Applications are due March 13. Contact Ellen Hagerman for more information.

Online Survey on Safeguarding LGBTI* Children

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the International Child Safeguarding Standards apply to all children regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Despite progress on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI*) rights over the last 25 years, LGBTI* children and adults around the world still face significant levels of discrimination and abuse.

Keeping Children Safe would like to find out more about how organizations are working to safeguard LGBTI* children, identify what gaps there may be, and understand how Keeping Children Safe can support organizations to implement and share good practice.

Take part in Keeping Children Safe’s online survey in English, French, or Spanish. Please respond before February 8.

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
Vice President of Programs and Research

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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