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 19 countries. In Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, SpainSweden, Switzerland, TurkeyUkraine, 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 partners from Eastern Europe and Central Asia share good practices in fatherhood programming through MenEngage webinar

On October 12, 2017, UNFPA Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) Regional Office, a MenCare partner, organized the webinar “Fatherhood Programs: Good Practices from the Region” within the framework of the EECA MenEngage Platform. The webinar focused on successful examples of programs that have contributed to advancing gender equality by promoting involved fatherhood in Russia 

Seminar on new experiences of fatherhood and caregiving held in Parma, Italy

Participants at the fatherhood and caregiving held in Parma, Italy

On September 22–23, 2017, the University of Parma hosted a seminar in Parma, Italy on the current realities of fatherhood and caregiving, along with MenCare partner Il Giardino dei Padri (a network of Italian organizations) and local associations from Parma, led by Maurizio Artoni of Il Cerchio dei Papà. In recent decades, perceptions of fatherhood 

Videos Show me more

Being a Father: A State of the World’s Fathers Film

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?"

Turkey’s MenCare Campaign

MenCare Turkey's "You Are My Father" campaign promotes active and equitable fatherhood, and aims to end violence against women.

Father’s Day Bulgaria 2014

This film is about an event that celebrated Father's Day and the importance of the father-child relationship in Bulgaria.

Publications Show me more

Program P
Program P

Program P is MenCare's manual for engaging men in fatherhood, in caregiving, and in maternal, newborn, and child health.

State of Russia’s Fathers
State of Russia’s Fathers

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.

Images of Fatherhood: Summary
Images of Fatherhood: Summary

This English report summarizes the study carried out among a Dutch fathers, obtaining insight into fathers’ involvement in caregiving.

The MenCare Parental Leave Platform: Netherlands Platform
The MenCare Parental Leave Platform: Netherlands Platform

This Dutch adaptation of the MenCare Parental Leave Platform advocates for greater paid parental and paternity leave in the Netherlands.