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February 2020: Reflecting on the past and paving new ways forward to engage men and fathers as caregivers


Happy new year! MenCare’s February 2020 newsletter brings you updates from South Africa, Russia, Canada, Liberia, Mexico, and the United States. 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

MenCare in 2019: A year in review

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This year has seen many great achievements for MenCare: A Global Fatherhood Campaign. New partners from 14 countries joined the campaign, and partners from around the world shared their work...
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Urban Colors Arts and Mentoring hosts youth-led anti-violence forum

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The neighborhood in the Far North East/Montbello area of Denver has many factors that present significant challenges to children and families...
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Fatherhood México commits to empowering fathers to be supportive, responsible, and positive role models

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In 2020, Fatherhood México is committed to continuing our mission of empowering father figures in Mexico...
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MenCare partner BIRD-Liberia reminds us that caregiving is an everyday responsibility

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BIRD-Liberia works to move communities from dependency to self-sufficiency through ecological sustainability and empowerment of youth and girls...
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New animated short film explores the complexities of father-daughter relationships

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Daughter, a short film by director and animator Daria Kashcheeva, revolves around a complex father-daughter duo...
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White Ribbon launches new PSA: Men of Quality Stand Up for Gender Equality

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White Ribbon Canada has recently joined efforts with the Toronto Maple Leafs, a local hockey club, to develop the Men of Quality Campaign...
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10 days paid leave is a step towards a framework where the vital care work in an infant’s life is shared equally by both primary caregivers

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As of January 1, 2020 all parents in South Africa will now be entitled to 10 days paid parental leave when their children are born...

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Recommended Resources

MenCare Global Meeting 2019 Plenary: Deconstructing patriarchy, power, and privilege: Rooting our work in feminist ideals


This plenary from the MenCare Global Meeting 2019 explores how MenCare can better align our work with feminisms around the world. Watch the recording of the plenary here.


Boys and men as partners for advancing gender equality


Citing the State of the World’s Fathers 2019 report, this infographic highlights global research and evidence on actions boys and men can take to become full partners in achieving gender equality. Read the infographic here.


Recommended Reads

Paid leave is our best shot for equality in the home


Katja Iversen, president of MenCare partner Women Deliver, co-authors an op-ed urging national governments and employers to offer paid paternity leave for all. Read the article here on Apolitical.


New law grants fathers 10 days paid paternity leave


Consistent advocacy work in South Africa, including by MenCare Co-Coordinator Sonke Gender Justice, has yielded 10 days paid parental leave for all parents when their child is born. This article highlights evidence from the State of South Africa’s Fathers 2018 report and the MenCare Commitment. Read the article here.


Parental leave alone won't fix the income gender gap—but here’s what does


Citing the State of the World’s Fathers 2019 report, this Motherly article explores the power of combining paid parental leave with a commitment to share domestic care and work equally in the home can have on closing the income gender gap. Read the article here.


Who’s Who at MenCare


Aapta Garg
MenCare Global Co-Coordinator
Program Officer,
Promundo-US
Washington, DC
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Wessel van den Berg
MenCare Global Co-Coordinator
Children’s Rights and Positive Parenting unit manager,
Sonke Gender Justice
Cape Town, South Africa
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Dean Peacock
MenCare Advocacy
Senior Advisor for Global Advocacy,
Promundo-US
Washington, DC
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Alexa Hassink
MenCare Communications
Director of Communications,
Promundo-US
Washington, DC
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May-Mei Lee
MenCare New Partners
Office Manager,
Promundo-US
Washington, DC
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Lona Manik
MenCare Communications Support
Digital Engagement and Content Assistant,
Promundo-US
Washington, DC
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Roma Richardson
MenCare Communications Support
Editorial and Brand Management Assistant,
Promundo-US
Washington, DC
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