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March 2016: 10 ways to leave gender inequality behind and give our children the care they need

MenCare’s March newsletter features events and updates from partners in Brazil, Bulgaria, Indonesia, Latin America, Portugal, Spain, Sri Lanka, the United States, Vietnam, and around the world. Read MenCare’s newly launched platform on parental leave, find out how fathers are standing up to bullying in schools, learn new strategies to overcome resistance to men’s caregiving, and more!

In this Issue

Featured Story

The MenCare Parental Leave Platform launches at the United Nations in New York

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At the Commission on the Status of Women’s official side event “Sharing the Care” on March 14, presented by the Permanent Mission of Iceland, the Government Offices of Sweden, UN Women, MenEngage, and MenCare, we debated what data, policies, and programs can truly revolutionize and advance the unpaid care agenda. At MenCare, we believe that full...
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Join MenCare at the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

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The 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) takes place at United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York on March 14–24, 2016. The annual conference engages government representatives, UN entities, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in addressing progress toward achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women, discussing challenges and opportunities, and...
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MenCare+ Indonesia promotes men’s involvement through programming and integrated campaigns in its final year

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MenCare Indonesia’s MenCare+ program came to a close in February 2016, concluding three years of successfully engaging men in caregiving, health, and nonviolence. The MenCare+ Indonesia program not only worked directly with young men, young fathers, and their partners, but also used an integrated campaign strategy to raise broader awareness about the importance of men’s...
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Does facing resistance around men’s caregiving mean we’re making progress in Latin America?

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Depending on context, efforts to encourage men to be involved, nonviolent fathers who share caregiving responsibilities can receive warmer or cooler receptions. These mixed reactions lead to the question: how have efforts to involve fathers played out in Latin American countries, which have been historically associated with stereotypes of “machismo” and entrenched patriarchy?...
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MenCare Bulgaria celebrates Pink Shirt Day: “Men against bullying: We care about our children!”

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MenCare Bulgaria believes that men can play a key role in helping to end bullying in schools, from children’s early years through their adolescence. This is why the country’s “Being a Dad” campaign promoted, for the first time ever, Pink Shirt Day on February 24. Pink Shirt Day, which began in Canada and is now...
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In Vietnam, MenCare helps open photo exhibition on importance of parental leave

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In connection with International Women’s Day, on March 3 the Embassy of Sweden in Hanoi, Vietnam launched a photo exhibition about fathers and caregiving, “Swedish Dads,” by Swedish photographer Johan Bävman. When Johan Bävman was an expectant father, he had trouble finding information and guidance to help him with his new role as a dad. Thus...
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MenCare applauds law to expand paternity leave from 5 to 20 days for many Brazilians

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MenCare’s partner in Brazil, Promundo, recently carried out a social media campaign to urge President Dilma Rousseff to approve new legislation within the country’s “Legal Framework for Early Childhood.” Among other relevant measures to protect children’s rights, this legal framework now provides for an expansion of paternity leave from 5 to 20 days for employees...
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Featured Publication

The MenCare Parental Leave Platform

The MenCare Parental Leave Platform presents 10 ways to leave gender inequality behind and give our children the care they need, calling on governments and employers to adopt better leave policies for parents.

Read the full platform here.

Featured Video

MenCare+ Indonesia: Family Planning PSA

"One of the keys to a happy family is a husband who is willing to participate in family planning," says Jal. Watch Jal and his wife Nong as they plan for a second child.

Watch the full video here.

Featured Opportunity

11th Annual Photoshare Contest

Knowledge for Health (K4Health) has announced its 11th Annual Photoshare Contest to recognize amateur and professional photographers who share photos for charitable and educational use. The top prize is US $1,000 and the deadline for entries is April 8, 2016.

Learn more here.

Featured Article

"It Takes Two"

In Spain, eight couples have filed formal complaints to the country's social security system, demanding paternity leave that is non-transferable and equal to the current 16-week maternity leave allowance.

Read the full article in Spanish here in El País.

Updates in Brief


March 19 is Father’s Day in Portugal. MenCare Portugal partner Promundo is participating by highlighting messages of involved, equitable, and nonviolent fatherhood through its Eu sou pai (“I am a father”) campaign.

Sri Lanka

MenCare partner World Vision Lanka has launched its very first fathers’ group in the Watawala Area Development Program (ADP) of Sri Lanka. World Vision Lanka has been carrying out MenCare programming for years in the Ambagamuwa and Nuwara Eliya ADPs.

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
Communications Officer,
Program Associate, Promundo-US
Washington, DC

Nina Ford
MenCare Updates & Media
Communications Associate,
Washington, DC

Abby Fried
MenCare New Partners
Program Assistant,
Washington, DC

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