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October 2016: Sharing caregiving, stopping corporal punishment, speaking up for paid leave


MenCare’s October newsletter brings you updates from Guatemala, Georgia, Italy, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, the United States, and around the world. Read up on advocacy efforts to promote paid leave for all parents, learn more about breaking cycles of violence in the home, and check out new strategies for engaging fathers in care.

In this Issue

Featured Story

MenCare presents webinar on sharing caregiving and stopping corporal punishment

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There is a substantial body of research showing that corporal punishment of children increases the risk of broad and enduring negative developmental outcomes. Corporal punishment from parents and teachers does not teach children respect; it teaches fear, engenders anger and resentment, and produces ongoing cycles of violence. Instead, parents must be supported in learning nonviolent, effective...
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In Georgia, MenCare is helping fathers unite for gender equality and family well-being

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“Every step I take or anything I do, directly or indirectly, is connected to my child.” This phrase is one of many from the “Father’s Diary” blog, which over the past two months has gained online popularity in the country of Georgia. As part of the MenCare campaign, UNFPA Georgia and its partner organization We...
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MenCare retreat encourages reflection for families from Sri Lanka’s Lonach tea estate

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World Vision Lanka’s Watawala Area Development Program (ADP) in Sri Lanka recently hosted a MenCare family retreat for 14 families from the Lonach tea estate. Before taking part in the daylong retreat, fathers completed a series of MenCare group workshops led by local trainers. These workshops were based on the Program P methodology, which provides concrete strategies to engage men...
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“Paternity doesn’t mean patriarchy”: MenCare partner Parteciparte hosts theater festival to promote equality

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MenCare partner Parteciparte held its TranSparent festival in Rome, Italy on October 1-2, 2016, using interactive theater to dismantle patriarchal ideas about gender and parenthood. The TranSparent festival used performance to promote the ideas that all relationships must be based on consent, that care is the responsibility of all, that homophobia not homosexuality is a problem, and...
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All fathers and adoptive parents need paid parental leave

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In 2011 Douglas Newman-Valentine, a 28-year-old nursing lecturer, and his husband, Marlow, adopted a baby girl — and, as is usual for any new parent, needed to take time off work to care for her. Douglas’s employer, the University of Cape Town (UCT), took the progressive step of offering him four months’ paid paternity leave....
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In Sri Lanka, families celebrate equitable and involved fatherhood at MenCare graduation

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World Vision Lanka’s Nuwara Eliya Area Development Program (ADP) in Sri Lanka conducted its annual graduation from the MenCare program in September 2016. After participating in sessions to build their parenting skills, a total of 150 fathers graduated from the program, modeled on MenCare’s Program P. Family members of MenCare graduates attended the ceremony, which included a special...
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Featured Poster

Yo te vi nacer, no te fallaré


This poster from Guatemala’s MenCare campaign has the tagline: “I saw you being born, I won’t let you down.”

See the poster here.


Featured Resource

State of the World’s Fathers: Executive Summary


The State of the World’s Fathers: Executive Summary is now available in French, thanks to MenCare partner masculinities.ch in Switzerland.

Read the executive summary in English, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish here.


Featured Film

World Vasectomy Day


World Vasectomy Day, celebrated on November 18, promotes the idea that men worldwide are ready to make the choice to do right by themselves, their families, and our future by becoming engaged in conversations about family planning.

Learn more here.


Featured News

Spanish parliament approves parity in paid parental leave


Spanish parliament has voted to give both mothers and fathers 16 weeks of equal, paid, non-transferable leave after the birth or adoption of a child.

Read more in the Guardian.


Federal restrooms in U.S. to have changing tables for men


President Obama signed a new law in the United States requiring that both men’s and women’s restrooms in publicly accessible federal buildings contain baby-changing tables.

Read more in the Huffington Post.


Who's Who at MenCare


Ruti Levtov
MenCare Global Co-Coordinator
Senior Research & Program Officer,
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Washington, DC
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Wessel van den Berg
MenCare Global Co-Coordinator
Programme Manager,
Sonke Gender Justice
Cape Town, South Africa
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Giovanna Lauro
MenCare Global Advocacy
Deputy Director, International Programs,
Promundo-US
Washington, DC
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Alexa Hassink
MenCare Communications & Advocacy
Senior Communications & Advocacy Officer,
Promundo-US
Washington, DC
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Nina Ford
MenCare News & Communications
Senior Communications Associate,
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MenCare Updates & Media
Communications Assistant,
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Washington, DC
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Abby Fried
MenCare New Partners
Program Assistant,
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Washington, DC
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