This story was authored by Sylwia Ziemacka, Head of Partnership Foundation, Share the Care Foundation. www.sharethecare.pl 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. So why do only 1% of men …
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 22 countries. In Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Moldova, 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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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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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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Fatherhood norms have changed considerably in the Nordic countries over the past decades. The sight of a father pushing his baby in a pram is no longer rare, and parental leave is no longer for mothers only. Yet parental leave is still not shared equally, despite parents having the right.
Program P is MenCare's manual for engaging men in fatherhood, in caregiving, and in maternal, newborn, and child health.
The State of the World's Fathers 2019 report calls for men’s uptake of their full share of the world’s childcare and domestic work – across all societies and relationships – to advance gender equality.