For the past two decades, MenCare partner AÇEV in Turkey has been making strides to engage fathers to increase their role in their children’s lives, having identified fatherhood as an entry point for broader social change toward gender equality at home and at work. The organization’s efforts have followed three primary strategies: father-support programs, private-sector engagement, and evidence-based publications.
Europe and Central Asia
In Europe and Central Asia, 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 20 countries. In Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom, as well as in the Balkans region, our partners focus on issues ranging from gender equality and violence against women to child protection and family wellbeing.
Across the region, MenCare partners work to support active caregiving that is free from violence. From Bulgaria and Latvia to Turkey, campaign posters and videos break down stereotypes around men and caregiving by depicting images of positive and engaged fatherhood. In Armenia, work with youth and couples aims to transform norms that lead to prenatal sex selection, while in Portugal, materials in health centers inform patients about parental leave legislation and the benefits of involved fatherhood. From Sweden to Russia, our partners’ work with fathers, couples, and health professionals aims to advance gender equality and family wellbeing at both the individual and institutional levels.
For more information on MenCare in Europe and Central Asia, check out the regional highlights below, and visit Bulgaria’s Being a Father website in Bulgarian; Portugal’s Eu sou pai website in Portuguese; and Switzerland’s MenCare website in French, German, and Italian.
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MenCare partner väter aktiv is implementing the “Fathers Without Borders” (“Papa grenzenlos - Papa senza confini”) project in South Tyrol, Italy to engage migrant fathers in shared parenting and caregiving, supporting these dads in becoming more involved in family life and in the South Tyrolean community.
Society’s rigid expectations about men’s and women’s roles in care often keep fathers from being fully involved in their children’s lives. In Bulgaria, the MenCare campaign is challenging these inequitable norms and stereotypes in order to better engage men as equal caregivers at school and at home.
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MenCare Bulgaria's film "Тo be a Dad" is part of its award-winning campaign supporting positive parenthood and active fatherhood.
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.
This report presents the state of fatherhood in Russia, filling the gap in research on men’s engagement in care work and on the key role of fathers in gender equality.
This English report summarizes the study carried out among a Dutch fathers, obtaining insight into fathers’ involvement in caregiving.
This Dutch adaptation of the MenCare Parental Leave Platform advocates for greater paid parental and paternity leave in the Netherlands.