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.
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... Continue Reading
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... Continue Reading
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... Continue Reading
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... Continue Reading
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... Continue Reading
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... Continue Reading
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... Continue Reading
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... Continue Reading
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Who’s Who at MenCare
Ruti Levtov MenCare Global Co-Coordinator
Senior Research & Program Officer,
Washington, DC Email
Wessel van den Berg MenCare Global Co-Coordinator
Sonke Gender Justice
Cape Town, South Africa Email
Giovanna Lauro MenCare Global Advocacy
Vice President of Programs and Research Email