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September 2016: Sharing the care from Bulgaria to Brazil

MenCare’s September newsletter brings you updates from our partners in Brazil, Bulgaria, Italy, the Netherlands, Rwanda, South Africa, and around the world. Read up on national advocacy to expand paid paternity leave, learn about strategies to engage dads in early childhood education, and tune in to MenCare’s next webinar on preventing corporal punishment.

In this Issue

Featured Story

Join us for a MenCare webinar on equal parenting, violence prevention, and corporal punishment

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MenCare is pleased to host a webinar on "Equal Parenting, Violence Prevention, and Corporal Punishment" featuring Elizabeth Gershoff, Joan Durrant, and Sonia Vohito on October 14 at at 9am EDT (Washington, DC) / 2pm BST (London) / 4pm EAT (Kampala). The speakers will discuss evidence about the harmful effects of corporal punishment, strategies to prevent violence, and global progress on legal reform to eliminate corporal punishment...
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MenCare partners Sonke Gender Justice and Mosaic suggest improvements to South Africa’s Labour Laws Amendment Bill

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South Africa’s Portfolio Committee of Labour heard oral submissions from MenCare global co-coordinator Sonke Gender Justice, MenCare partner Mosaic, and others on the Labour Laws Amendment Bill on September 22, 2016 at Parliamentary Precinct, Cape Town. The Labour Laws Amendment Bill proposes that fathers receive 10 days of paternity leave at the birth of their child and suggests provisions...
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MenCare partner Association Roditeli is inviting dads to kindergarten in Bulgaria

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In Bulgaria, MenCare partner Association Roditeli is leading an effort to engage fathers in their children’s education. As part of this initiative, a guidebook entitled Invite Fathers to Kindergarten has been distributed to more than 200 kindergartens in the capital city of Sofia and to five kindergartens in the Samokov municipality. The guidebook was created...
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In Italy, Parteciparte uses theater to promote inclusion and equality in parenting

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MenCare partner Parteciparte is using theater to transform fatherhood in Italy. Its TranSparent festival, held on October 1-2 in Rome, will use interactive performances to dismantle patriarchal ideas about parenthood and to promote inclusion and equality in parenting. Organizations from across Italy will participate in the festival, which aims to feature plays and performances, stories...
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In the Netherlands, Rutgers adapts the MenCare Parental Leave Platform to call for increased paternity leave

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In the Netherlands, fathers are entitled to only two days of paid paternity leave. While this will increase to five days in 2019, the country is still far behind the European average of eight weeks of paid leave for new fathers. Providing different amounts of leave for new mothers and fathers perpetuates the inequitable notion...
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Promundo and partners promote men’s caregiving during Father’s Month in Brazil

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In Brazil, Father’s Day is celebrated each year on the second Sunday of August. This year, Promundo and other MenCare partners in Brazil used the month of August to raise awareness about the importance of men’s positive involvement in fatherhood and caregiving. Throughout the month, Você é meu Pai, which is the Brazilian adaptation of the global MenCare campaign...
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Featured Poster


This poster from Rwanda’s Bandebereho campaign sends an important message about sharing responsibility for family planning. The poster reads: “My wife and I plan our family together.”

See the poster here.

Featured Campaign


In October, the U.S. State Department will launch the Dads and Daughters campaign to start a global conversation about dads, daughters, and gender equality.

Join the campaign during the first two weeks of October (including on the International Day of the Girl on October 11) by posting a photo, video, or blog on social media using #DadsAndDaughters. Share how your own daughter or father — or a daughter and father relationship — has helped you to think differently about the strength of girls and women, and the caring potential of fatherhood.

Featured Film

The Beginning of Life

This trailer for the documentary The Beginning of Life shines a light on the importance of involved fathers. The Beginning of Life was produced by Maria Farinha Filmes in association with various partners, including the Bernard van Leer Foundation.

Watch the trailer here.

Featured Research

Father-Infant Skin-To-Skin

Family Included analyzes a literature review on father-infant skin-to-skin contact that has found it to have positive impacts on babies, on fathers, and on family relationships.

The review concludes that father-infant skin-to-skin contact is a valuable alternative to mother-infant skin-to-skin contact, especially in extenuating circumstances such as a medical emergency or Caesarean section, when the mother is not available.

Read more 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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