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October 2017: Challenging stereotypes about care


MenCare’s October 2017 newsletter brings you updates from Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Georgia, Italy, South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States, Uruguay, and around the world. Learn more about the research, programs, and campaigns our partners are leading to engage men in fatherhood and caregiving worldwide!

In this Issue

Featured Story

Eight fathers challenging gender stereotypes in Bangladesh tell their stories

Map Marker  Bangladesh


The Prio Baba (“Dear Father”) campaign in Bangladesh, led by MenCare partner Center for Men and Masculinities Studies (CMMS), recognized eight fathers championing the empowerment of women and girls at an award ceremony in Dhaka. The campaign published the accounts of the eight fathers in a photo book...
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MenCare presents new series of guides for engaging men in maternal, newborn, and child health and in sexual and reproductive health and rights

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MenCare’s global co-coordinator Promundo is adapting a series of guides for use by MenCare partners around engaging men in maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) and in sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). The guides will outline the rationale for and approaches to engaging men in MNCH and SRHR, providing best practices for designing...
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MenCare partners in Georgia organize “Fathers Cup” football championship for fathers and children

Map Marker  Georgia


On September 30, 2017, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Georgia Country Office, the NGO We Care, and the Georgian Football Federation hosted the “Fathers Cup,” a football (soccer) championship for fathers and children, as part of the country’s MenCare campaign. The championship, which was held at the David Petriashvili Arena in Tbilisi, was open...
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New MenCare co-coordinator joins Promundo team

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Promundo is excited to announce that Tim Shand, Vice President for Advocacy and Partnerships, will be representing Promundo as the new MenCare global co-coordinator. Ruti Levtov, who served as MenCare global co-coordinator since 2013, will be supporting Tim in this transition, and will continue to be involved in MenCare in other capacities. Tim brings to...
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MenCare partner MERGE for Equality announces new early childhood initiative

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MERGE for Equality, a MenCare partner in the United States, and its predecessors have a 35-year legacy of engaging ­­people and communities in gender-transformative initiatives, delivering programming that empowers communities to transform masculinity, promote men’s caregiving, and advance gender equality for all. MERGE for Equality works with a deep understanding of the current reality: Boys...
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MenCare partner Instituto Promundo participates in national seminar on parenting and early childhood in Brazil

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On September 1-2, 2017, MenCare partner Instituto Promundo participated in the Third National Seminar on Parenting and Early Childhood (III Seminário Nacional Paternidades e Primeira Infância) in São Paulo, Brazil. On the first day of the seminar, Milena do Carmo, Promundo’s MenCare coordinator in Brazil, moderated the session “Diverse Fatherhood,” which featured a presentation on imprisoned...
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From Sweden to Chile, these photos of men’s caregiving show that fatherhood is changing

Map Marker  Chile


La Moneda Cultural Center in Santiago, Chile is presenting the Chilean Dads (“Papás Chilenos,” in Spanish) photo exhibition from October 4 to November 26, 2017, highlighting intimate moments of Chilean fathers caring for their children. The 27 photos that appear in the exhibition were selected from over 400 entries, submitted by fathers and family members...
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MenCare partners from Eastern Europe and Central Asia share good practices in fatherhood programming through MenEngage webinar

Map Marker  Eastern Europe and Central Asia


On October 12, 2017, UNFPA Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) Regional Office, a MenCare partner, organized the webinar “Fatherhood Programs: Good Practices from the Region” within the framework of the EECA MenEngage Platform. The webinar focused on successful examples of programs that have contributed to advancing gender equality by promoting involved fatherhood in Russia...
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MenCare’s Darío Ibarra discusses same-sex parents and creating families free of gender stereotypes

Map Marker  Uruguay


This month, psychologist and MenCare partner Darío Ibarra appeared on Desayunos Informales, an Uruguayan television program, to discuss same-sex parents and raising children without reinforcing gender stereotypes. Darío emphasized that to grow up healthy and happy, children need (1) unconditional love, (2) care, (3) a violence-free home, and (4) freedom from gender stereotypes – all...
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Seminar on new experiences of fatherhood and caregiving held in Parma, Italy

Map Marker  Italy


On September 22–23, 2017, the University of Parma hosted a seminar in Parma, Italy on the current realities of fatherhood and caregiving, along with MenCare partner Il Giardino dei Padri (a network of Italian organizations) and local associations from Parma, led by Maurizio Artoni of Il Cerchio dei Papà. In recent decades, perceptions of fatherhood...
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UNESCO webinar highlights shared responsibility in parenting in Latin America

Map Marker  Argentina


On October 2, 2017, IIPE UNESCO Buenos Aires hosted a Spanish-language webinar on “Shared Responsibility in Parenting: Public Policy Initiatives in Latin America” (“Corresponsabilidad parental en la crianza: Iniciativas de política pública en América Latina”). The webinar featured MenCare partner Francisco Aguayo, who is the director of Fundación CulturaSalud/EME in Chile, MenCare Latin America coordinator...
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Featured Research

Ending Violence in Childhood


The Know Violence in Childhood initiative has launched the Ending Violence in Childhood: Global Report 2017, presenting the latest evidence on the causes and consequences of violence in childhood and demonstrating how such violence can be prevented.

Read the report here.


Gender Stereotyping in Advertising


Depictions, Perceptions and Harm, a research report commissioned by the United Kingdom’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), presents findings on gender stereotypes – including those related to parenthood – in advertising.

Read the report here.


Featured Webinar

Partnering with the Ministry of Health for Involved Fatherhood


The Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) MenEngage Platform will host a webinar on November 3 highlighting experiences partnering with the Brazilian Ministry of Health to implement MenCare’s Program P. The webinar will feature keynote speakers Linda Cerdeira and Milena do Carmo of Promundo.

Learn more here.


Recommended Read

South African court strikes down corporal punishment defense for parents


MenCare co-coordinator Sonke Gender Justice's advocacy work contributed to the removal of the "reasonable chastisement" defense in South Africa, a step forward in ending corporal punishment of children.

Read more in Mail & Guardian here.


Who's Who at MenCare


Tim Shand
MenCare Global Co-Coordinator
Vice President of Advocacy and Partnerships,
Promundo-US
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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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,
Promundo-US
Washington, DC
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Annaick Miller
MenCare Updates & Media
Communications Assistant,
Promundo-US
Washington, DC
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Abby Fried
MenCare New Partners
Program Assistant,
Promundo-US
Washington, DC
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Belén Bonilla
MenCare Communications Support
Communications & Media Intern,
Promundo-US
Washington, DC
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