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February 2019: Exploring Active Fatherhood from Paraguay to Turkey

MenCare’s February 2019 newsletter brings you updates from Georgia, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Paraguay, Rwanda, South Africa, 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, caregiving, and gender equality worldwide!

In this Issue

Featured Story

State of the World’s Fathers report to launch June 2019 in advance of Father’s Day

Map Marker  Global

In June 2019, at the Women Deliver Global Conference in Vancouver, Canada, Promundo and Sonke Gender Justice will launch MenCare’s third-ever State of the World’s Fathers report...
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MenCare Advocacy Learning Series: Private-sector engagement as a pathway for involved fatherhood in Turkey

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For the past two decades, MenCare partner AÇEV in Turkey has been making strides to engage fathers to increase their role in their children’s lives, having identified fatherhood as an entry point for...
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Berlin Fathers Center creates space for fathers of all identities

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Väterzentrum Berlin (Berlin Fathers Center) was founded by Eberhard Schäfer and Marc Schulte with the mission of providing programming and facilitating dialogue for fathers of all identities...
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MenCare Georgia presents at Frankfurt International Book Fair

Map Marker  Georgia

The MenCare Georgia campaign, which won first place in Emerging Europe’s 2018 Equality-Friendly Initiative of the Year contest, was invited to present at the Frankfurt International Book Fair, where Georgia was recognized as the Guest of Honor this year...
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Landmark moment for child rights in South Africa

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On 29 November 2018, the Constitutional Court will consider the constitutionality of the use of corporal punishment in the home. The Constitutional Court has prohibited corporal punishment in...
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Changing the way we raise boys

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MERGE for Equality, a MenCare partner in the United States, works to change the way boys are raised through its Early Childhood Initiative, which includes the one-day Developing Healthy Boys...
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“Get involved in every aspect of physical and emotional care”: Interview with Ronald Digalo

Map Marker  Paraguay

This interview with Ronald Digalo, a father of two, was conducted by Gustavo Benítez of Asociación Igualdad, a MenCare partner in Paraguay. Asociación Igualdad is a nongovernmental organization...
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During 16 Days of Activism, MenCare shares 16 ways parents can promote equality and prevent violence

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From November 25 to December 10 each year, thousands of organizations around the world participate in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. MenCare is...
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My experience of supporting my wife to breastfeed our first child

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It was a very hard period for my wife and me after we had our first child. She had delivered by C-section, and therefore it was not easy for her to take care of the baby, breastfeed, or do other work...
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My experience becoming the primary caregiver for our children

Map Marker  Italy

When I was nearing 40, with two children aged 2 and 5 years old, I felt the need to start prioritizing. Having spent more than ten years in a marketing office, working more than ten hours a day, my...
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Working dads need help taking parental leave

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Many of us want to be fully engaged parents. And many of us believe in gender equality, at home and in the workplace. But when we start families, we struggle turning thought into action. Globally, a dramatic disparity...
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Why caring creates problems — and what government can do

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From the parents on whom you depended in the first days after you were born, to the nurses who’ll likely become an ever more frequent fixture of your final years, caregivers are integral...
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Recommended Resources

Guidelines and tools for ensuring non-violent childhoods

The Non-Violent Childhoods program has released a set of technical reports promoting the positive and nonviolent treatment of children, with guidance and tools for how to achieve it.

Access all six resources here.

Making Policy Care: A guide to influencing on unpaid care

This guide shares valuable experiences and learning on unpaid care and domestic work from Oxfam country programs, and aims to communicate it in an accessible, practical format for a range of stakeholders.

Read the guide here.

Baby Talk for Dads online tool

UNICEF and H&M Foundation launched a new interactive online tool to encourage fathers to talk more to their babies – and learn the most effective methods to stimulate learning and development.

Learn more here.

Recommended Reads

How cooking and cleaning transformed a violent man

A BBC article highlights a story of change from a MenCare program in Rwanda with fathers and couples. Learn more about the program and its evaluation here.

Read the full BBC article here.

Spanking is ineffective and harmful to children, pediatricians’ group says

The American Academy of Pediatrics issued its most strongly worded policy statement warning against the harmful effects of corporal punishment in the home.

Read more about the recommendation here.

Who’s Who at MenCare

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

Annaick Miller
MenCare News & Communications
Senior Communications Associate,
Washington, DC

May-Mei Lee
MenCare New Partners
Office Manager,
Washington, DC

Jack Lewis
MenCare Communications Support
Communications & Media Intern,
Washington, DC

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