In July, 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. These men have served as role models due to their rejection of harmful traditional practices related to fatherhood …
In Asia Pacific, 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 six countries. In Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam, our partners focus on issues from violence against women and gender equality to child protection and maternal health.
Across the region, MenCare partners engage men in active fatherhood through fathers’ groups, couples’ education, and media and advocacy campaigns. As part of the campaign, a moving film from Sri Lanka tells the story of a father who becomes the primary caregiver to his children, while his wife works abroad to support their family. In Indonesia, programming coupled with community campaigns aims to prevent gender-based violence, and work with the health sector provides an entry point to engage men in maternal and child health. In India, group education is transforming fathers’ attitudes toward child marriage, while in Vietnam, religious leaders are integrating content on gender equality and domestic violence prevention into their premarital programs.
For more information on MenCare in Asia Pacific, check out the regional highlights below, learn more about the MenCare+ program in Indonesia, and visit Indonesia’s Laki Laki Peduli website in Indonesian.
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With the motto, “Prio Baba: Responsible Father, Happy Family, Prosperous Country,” the Prio Baba (“Dear Father”) campaign in Bangladesh has successfully completed a 21-month research initiative carried out by MenCare partner Center for Men and Masculinities Studies (CMMS). The initiative was implemented by CMMS and funded by the UBS Optimus Fund, with technical support from …
For men, and for those men who are fathers, it is not easy to change the traditional gender values that have become internalized in their attitudes and behaviors and that are dominant in society. When a man embarks on a journey of change toward less conventional values, he endures a personal process of transition that …
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A husband who participates in family planning has a happy family. See how Jal and his wife Nong plan for their second child in Indonesia.
It's important for fathers to be involved from the start. See how Jal supports his wife Nong in giving birth – including being present in the delivery room.
Produced alongside the first-ever State of the World’s Fathers report, "Being a Father" asks fathers, mothers, and children from around the world: "What does fatherhood mean to you?"
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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 Prio Baba campaign published the accounts of the eight fathers in a photo book in Bengali titled Prio Babader Golpo (“Stories of Dear Fathers,” in English).
World Vision's poster shows improved child care practices and nutrition through MenCare's fatherhood Program in Sri Lanka.