MERGE for Equality, a MenCare partner in the United States, works to change the way boys are raised through its Early Childhood Initiative, which includes the one-day Developing Healthy Boys training and Children’s Book Campaign, both targeting early childhood educators and child-serving agencies.
In the Americas, MenCare partners are engaging men as caregivers and as fathers through powerful media campaigns, high-impact program development, and local- and national-level advocacy initiatives in 13 countries. In Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, the United States, and Uruguay, our partners focus on issues ranging from violence against women and child protection to maternal health and prenatal care.
Across the region, MenCare partners have worked to engage thousands of men in active fatherhood, from prenatal care through delivery, childbirth, and their children’s early years. In Brazil and Nicaragua, powerful films tell the stories of men who are acting as role models in supporting men’s involvement in the family and in helping men who have experienced violence and sexual exploitation to heal. From Guatemala to Chile, work with the health sector has led to positive institutional changes supporting men’s involvement in pre- and post-natal care.
For more information on MenCare in the Americas, check out the regional highlights below, learn more about the MenCare+ program in Brazil, and visit the regional Campaña de Paternidad website in Spanish and Brazil’s Você é Meu Pai website in Portuguese.
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This interview with Ronald Digalo, a father of two, was conducted by Gustavo Benítez of Asociación Igualdad, a MenCare partner in Paraguay. Asociación Igualdad is a nongovernmental organization founded in 2006. One of its goals, through its Soy Papá (“I’m A Dad”) campaign started in 2016, is to promote responsible fatherhood, including through advancing men’s caregiving; promoting equal sharing of domestic duties; and preventing violence against children, teenagers, and women.
MenCare partners from across Latin America participated in the launch of “Los papás de hoy” (“The Dads of Today”) photo exhibition at the National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore (MUSEF) in La Paz, Bolivia in January 2018. The exhibition captured the day-to-day moments of modern fatherhood in Bolivia: fathers taking care of their children, playing …
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Men from around the United States share their experiences of fatherhood in America's Dads. They say they can do more. They want to do more. But they can't do it alone.
This documentary from Brazil tells the stories of eight fathers and their experiences attempting to accompany their partners during labor and delivery.
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Program P is MenCare's manual for engaging men in fatherhood, in caregiving, and in maternal, newborn, and child health.
The Executive Summary presents an overview of research about men’s engagement in caregiving in the region.
State of the World’s Fathers: Latin America and the Caribbean presents research about men’s engagement in issues related to fatherhood and caregiving.