June 2018: Catalyzing caregiving from Brussels to Beirut
Welcome back to the MenCare newsletter, and happy Father’s Day from all of us at MenCare!
MenCare’s June 2018 newsletter brings you updates from Bolivia, Europe, Italy, Lebanon, Mexico, Rwanda, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, and around the world. Learn more about the research, programs, and campaigns our partners are leading to engage men in fatherhood and caregiving worldwide!
Globally, women make up about half of the workforce, but they’re still spending over twice as much time on childcare and domestic work as men are. At MenCare, we believe that true equality will only be reached when men are taking on 50% of the world’s childcare and domestic work; however, estimates say that at... Continue Reading
The European Commission is currently considering a Directive on Work-Life Balance for Parents and Carers, with the goal of allowing parents and other caregivers to better balance work and family lives and of encouraging more equitable sharing of caregiving between women and men. The directive would introduce 10 working days of paternity leave and 5... Continue Reading
Results from a randomized controlled trial (RCT) released in the journal PLOS ONE reveal powerful impacts of targeted, gender-transformative programming on health and violence in Rwanda. Almost two years after participating in a MenCare fathers’ and couples’ program in Rwanda, men are nearly half as likely to use violence against their female partners and... Continue Reading
The private sector is now widely accepted around the world as a pivotal player in promoting social change and development, and businesses are more accountable than ever for their impact on communities. In Turkey, too, the importance of private-sector engagement in advancing involved fatherhood and gender equality in the workplace has become ever more apparent... Continue Reading
MenCare partners from across Latin America participated in the launch of “Los papás de hoy” (“The Dads of Today”) photo exhibition at the National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore (MUSEF) in La Paz, Bolivia in January 2018. The exhibition captured the day-to-day moments of modern fatherhood in Bolivia: fathers taking care of their children, playing... Continue Reading
In 2017, MenCare global co-coordinator Promundo and Lebanese NGO ABAAD launched a project to adapt and implement Program P – a gender-transformative fatherhood methodology – with Lebanese and Syrian fathers and couples in Beirut, with a special focus on early childhood development (ECD). The project is co-funded by UN Women and by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs through Prevention+. The... Continue Reading
MenCare partner Fatherhood México is partnering with for-profit and nonprofit groups to raise awareness of the important role that fathers can play in their children’s lives, and of the benefits for families and communities when men are actively, responsibly involved in fatherhood and care. Fatherhood México is currently collaborating with DadBox, a monthly subscription service... Continue Reading
In Italy, MenCare partner Parteciparte is using its Theatre of the Oppressed to engage men and boys in exploring positive and caring forms of masculinity. Proving successful in Rome, the play “Uomini Che Provano” [“Men Who Try”] is now being performed in local community venues across the country. The play features a range of topics... Continue Reading
On February 20, 2018, MenCare global co-coordinator Promundo presented the webinar “Ask the Expert: Program P: Engaging Men in Fatherhood and Care through Gender-Transformative Programming.” Hosted by Healthy Start EPIC Center, the conversation discussed strategies for implementing Fatherhood 2.0, the United States adaptation of Program P, MenCare’s gender-transformative curriculum providing concrete strategies and activities to... Continue Reading
The Fatherhood Institute’s new series of reports, Contemporary Fathers in the UK, is the most comprehensive review ever undertaken in Britain on decades of research into the roles of fathers in families.
Recommendations from the Gender Equality Advisory Council for Canada's G7 Presidency include the goal of men doing 50% unpaid domestic and care work within a generation, with non-transferable parental leave to support this goal.
Your SDG5 Toolbox, by Women Thrive Alliance, contains practical information to understand the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG5.4 focused on unpaid care and domestic work, and to play a role in achieving gender equality by 2030.