Väterzentrum Berlin (Berlin Fathers Center) was founded by Eberhard Schäfer and Marc Schulte with the mission of providing programming and facilitating dialogue for fathers of all identities. In addition to the “Daddy Café,” where dads in parental leave situations meet for informal learning, the Center provides programs aimed at preparing men to become loving, caring, and …
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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When I was nearing 40, with two children aged 2 and 5 years old, I felt the need to start prioritizing. Having spent more than ten years in a marketing office, working more than ten hours a day, my routine involved coming home in the evening too tired to play with my children. I felt time passing too quickly, and I was missing a lot. My wife had always been dedicated to the family, sacrificing her professional life. In our case, both maternal and paternal grandparents were too far, and babysitters cost more than half a salary.
The MenCare Georgia campaign, which won first place in Emerging Europe’s 2018 Equality-Friendly Initiative of the Year contest, was invited to present at the Frankfurt International Book Fair, where Georgia was recognized as the Guest of Honor this year.
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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.