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September 2020: Exploring the effects of COVID-19 on fatherhood and caregiving


MenCare’s September 2020 newsletter brings you updates from the United States, Czech Republic, Poland, Uganda, Russia, Kosovo, Eswatini, Poland, Italy, the Caribbean, the Netherlands, and South Africa. Learn more about the research, programs, and campaigns our partners are leading to engage men in active fatherhood and caregiving, and in the advancement of gender equality worldwide. This edition, many MenCare partners explore the particular impacts of COVID-19 on care responsibilities, health services, and in public policy.

We’re excited to share that the 5th International Conference on Men and Equal Opportunities will be held September 3-4, 2020 in Tallin, Estonia and virtually. This conference will seek to provide a space for furthering discussions and learning from each other’s experiences on topics ranging from caring to toxic masculinities. Learn more here.

In this Issue

Featured Story

Great news for families in the Netherlands: An extension of parental leave for partners

Map Marker  The Netherlands


Beginning on July 1, 2020, parental leave for partners has been extended in the Netherlands by five weeks. Up until 2019, partners and fathers only had two days of paid leave.
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50/50: It pays off for everyone! New parental leave guide launches in Poland

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Studies conducted in Poland by the Share the Care Foundation and IQS research agency show that 79% of women and men agree that both sexes are equally good guardians for their children.
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Preserving the mother-father-child relationship at birth during COVID-19 – lessons from the EU, project PARENT, Italy

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In Italy, as elsewhere, giving birth during COVID-19 has been a lonely and stressful event for many women, with fathers/partners being generally kept away....
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September 2020: Exploring the effects of COVID-19 on fatherhood and caregiving


MenCare’s September 2020 newsletter brings you updates from the United States, Czech Republic, Poland, Uganda, Russia, Kosovo, Eswatini, Poland, Italy, the Caribbean, the Netherlands, and South Africa. Learn more about the research, programs, and campaigns our partners are leading to engage men in active fatherhood and caregiving, and in the advancement of gender equality worldwide....
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Is the glass half empty or half full? Survey results from Italy

Map Marker  Italy


väter aktiv (active fathers), an organization in South Tyrol (Northern Italy), has conducted a survey to gain insight into the current situation of families (primarily fathers) as well as companies and organizations with regard to: changes in the general conditions, the reality of working from home, and the compatibility of family and work....
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Deeds Driven Dads establishes new Caribbean Fatherhood Coalition

Map Marker  The Caribbean


Deeds Driven Dads, was recently honored by the historic Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) as Ambassador to the Sustainable Community Development Movement, a regional social and economic building initiative created in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, encompassing a myriad of sustainable community initiatives from innovative entrepreneurship to closing the digital divide....
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Kwakha Indvodza launches Babe Locotfo: The Good Dad Campaign in Eswatini

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The Babe Locotfo campaign is a social media and in-person awareness campaign on positive fatherhood. Kwakha Indvodza through this campaign positively engages Eswatini men by actively encouraging and emphasizing the importance of a father’s role in the family....
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“Polling Research Street Action”: Exploring Life Skills Education in the Western Balkans

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Be a Man Club in Kosovo presents research on the public’s opinion on the inclusion of life skills as a subject in high schools.
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US federal legislation falls short of helping to manage increased unpaid care workloads during COVID-19

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Provisions under the FFCR and CARES Acts fall short in addressing paid leave, cash transfers, and childcare under COVID-19. How can we push for these benefits to better serve families and care workers?...
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New Research: COVID-19 and a Crisis of Care in the United States

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Nearly 60% of men and women say daily house and care work has increased during the pandemic, and that it is the most time-consuming part of their days...
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MenCare welcomes new partners in the Czech Republic, Poland, Uganda, and Russia

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MenCare is excited to welcome new country partners in Czech Republic, Poland, Uganda, and Russia to the global campaign!...
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Freeing our imaginations: can men help take down patriarchy?

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With the continuing rise of right wing populism and authoritarian strongmen in positions of power in many countries, patriarchy seems more entrenched than ever. ...
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Recommended Resources

Father’s Club Manual on Engaging Men in Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health, and in Sexual and Reproductive Health


This manual was developed for use by health workers, social activists, non-profit organizations, educators, and other individuals and institutions that aim to promote men’s involvement as caregivers.


Caring Under COVID-19: How the Pandemic Is – and Is Not – Changing Unpaid Care and Domestic Work Responsibilities


This report reveals findings from a rapid poll exploring the gendered and racial impacts of COVID-19 on care work in the United States.


SIRP-Nigeria and COVID-19 response in Nigeria


This video presents a summary of SIRP-Nigeria’s activities during COVID-19.


MenCare in Africa Media Kit


This Media Kit seeks to promote men as caregivers and fathers, through media campaigns, educational programmes and advocacy initiatives. Different campaigns tell the stories of men who challenge stereotypes to become more involved care-givers for their children.


Recommended Reads

Georgia becoming more gender-sensitive but bias remains, study reveals


This article cites data from the Men, Women and Gender Relations in Georgia: Public Perceptions and Attitudes report and reveals that Georgian society is moving away from gender-biased views and attitudes towards achieving meaningful gender equality.


Stop relying on working moms to handle everything


This article cites data from the Caring Under COVID-19: How the Pandemic Is – and Is Not – Changing Unpaid Care and Domestic Work Responsibilities report and urges men to take on more care work at home.


Who’s Who at MenCare

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MenCare Global Co-Coordinator
Senior Program Officer,
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Mpho Mabhena


MenCare Global Co-Coordinator
Child Rights and Positive Parenting Regional Coordinator
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Cape Town, South Africa
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MenCare Communications
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May-Mei Lee


MenCare New Partners
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MenCare Communications Support
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MenCare Communications Support
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