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June 2016: A global fatherhood movement in 40+ countries

MenCare’s June newsletter features events and updates from partners in Brazil, Chile, Italy, Kosovo, Peru, Portugal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Turkey, Uganda, the United Kingdom, the United States, and worldwide.

Read up on fatherhood research that is being used for advocacy and action; watch children tell us why equal, nontransferable paid leave is important for all parents; and learn more about the work of MenCare partners in 40+ countries worldwide.

In this Issue

Featured Story

Children make the case for parental leave in MenCare’s film “It’s About Time”

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In MenCare’s newest film, “It’s About Time,” children come together to share stories about what their fathers mean to them. They tell us how paid, equal, non-transferable leave for all parents can benefit women, men, and society as a whole. At MenCare, we believe that full equality will only be achieved when men take on...
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MenCare Switzerland celebrates its public launch and shares “Swiss Dads” photo exhibition

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Guest post by our partners at männer.ch/masculinities.ch The MenCare campaign officially launched in Switzerland on May 30. männer.ch/masculinities.ch – the umbrella organization of men’s and father’s groups advocating for gender equality in Switzerland – and the newly founded Swiss Institute for Men and Gender Issues (SIMG) are coordinating the effort. Swiss women were not allowed...
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In “State of America’s Fathers,” researchers take a critical look at what fatherhood means for United States families

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In June, Promundo-US and MenCare launched the country's first State of America's Fathers report – a landmark analysis of fatherhood. Fathers in the United States are more involved than ever before, but gender equality, child development, and the wealth of the nation rely on advancing this movement, the report finds. There is a...
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Peruvian MenCare partners launch new fatherhood campaign, kicking off month of “caring and co-responsible fatherhood”

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MenCare partners, as part of the Peruvian "Plataforma de Paternidades," launched a new, national fatherhood campaign in Lima at an event hosted by the Peruvian Ministry of Women on June 13. The Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations is a member of the newly formed Plataforma de Paternidades...
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“Ugandan Dads” photo competition highlights caring male role models

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In May 2016, the Swedish Embassy in Kampala organized the photo competition “Ugandan Dads” to highlight caring male role models, and to spark a discussion on gender equality more broadly. The photos portray fathers with their children and men who are actively engaged in household work. The Embassy received over 150 contributions from the Ugandan...
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In South Africa, MenCare fills the gap between family and the workplace

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Globally, there continues to be tension between the home and the workplace, and parents – especially those with young children – must grapple with difficult decisions when balancing employment and family. Particularly in South Africa, sociocultural norms play an important role in shaping family structures and attitudes towards fatherhood and male involvement...
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In Sri Lanka’s Moray Estate, 15 families graduate from MenCare program in June

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World Vision Lanka’s Ambagamuwa Area Development Program (ADP) in Sri Lanka conducted a three-day MenCare retreat program for 15 families in June 2016. Before taking part in the family retreat, fathers from the Moray Estate of the Ambagamuwa ADP had completed a series of eight MenCare group workshops led by local trainers. These workshops were...
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Doing the chores, together: MenCare in Turkey promotes equitable parenting on Mother’s Day

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In Turkey, MenCare partner AÇEV considers Mother’s Day to be an excellent opportunity to challenge gender stereotypes and to work toward a more equal, caring society. Aiming to show how mothers and fathers can equally contribute to child development and share the care work, in May AÇEV produced an animated video for Mother’s Day. On Mother’s...
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‘The beautiful show’ – Fathers for gender equality in Kosovo

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It is a Monday morning and there is a huge buzz of excitement in the hall of the American School in Kosovo. As balloons are blown up and posters straightened and microphones tested, more and more people, mostly under 30, crowd in...
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Supporting children and families in Sri Lanka

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World Vision Lanka’s Nuwara Eliya Area Development Program (ADP) in Sri Lanka conducted a two-day MenCare family retreat program in May 2016. Participants included young fathers and mothers from vulnerable families who reported having conflict, in part due to alcohol abuse. By the end of the MenCare family retreat program, many men realized that excessive alcohol...
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Gender equality in South Africa: An evaluation of the effectiveness of MenCare+ in the South African context

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A new study focuses on the effectiveness of MenCare+ programming for parents in promoting gender equality in Cape Town, South Africa. It examines the ways in which attitudes toward gender, household divisions of caregiving, and fathers' involvement among participants change before and after joining MenCare+ fathers' groups...
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Spotlight on Partners

New MenCare Campaigns

MenCare is pleased to welcome new partners to the global campaign, including the Il Giardino dei Padri fatherhood network in Italy, Equality Heals Africa in Uganda, and MERGE for Equality in the United States. The MenCare campaign is now active in 40+ countries around the world.

Read about MenCare’s partners here.

Featured Publications

State of the World’s Fathers: Country Reports

In May and June 2016, MenCare partners launched new, national reports based on State of the World’s Fathers in Portugal and the United States.

Read the country analyses here.

Featured Research

Fairness in Families Index

In June, the Fatherhood Institute published the 2016 edition of its Fairness in Families Index (FIFI), which compares developed countries’ progress towards gender equality across a variety of indicators.

Read the index here.

Featured Posters

“I want to be better, here with you”

MenCare partners in Peru share new posters from their “Quiero ser mejor aquí contigo” (“I want to be better, here with you”) campaign.

View the posters here.

Featured Video

"Father is not a visitor"

A new documentary film from Brazil tells the stories of eight soon-to-be fathers. It details their experiences attempting to accompany their female partners – who wanted them present when giving birth – during labor and delivery.

Watch the video here.

Featured Article

The Best Places to Work for New Dads in 2016

Fatherly’s annual report on the best places to work for new fathers provides an in-depth look at the state of leave, flexibility, and other supportive policies offered for fathers at U.S. companies.

Read the list here.

Recommended Read

5 Lessons Learned to Promote Involved Fatherhood

MenCare Chile partners Francisco Aguayo and Eduardo Kimelman share five lessons learned to promote involved fatherhood on the Inter-American Development Bank’s “¿Y si hablamos de igualdad?” blog.

Read the article in Spanish, “5 lecciones aprendidas para promover una paternidad activa,” here.

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
Deputy Director, International Programs,
Washington, DC

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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