Middle East and North Africa

In the Middle East and North Africa, MenCare partners are engaging men as caregivers and as fathers through a variety of approaches, focusing on issues ranging from gender equality and violence prevention to masculinities and men’s health.

Notably, the 2019 MenCare Global Meeting will be located in Rabat, Morocco, hosted in partnership with MenCare partner Quartiers du Monde. The meeting will bring together partners from the Middle East and North Africa – and from countries across the world – to share best practices and evidence, develop a joint agenda to advance advocacy agendas, and discuss innovative ways to achieve shared goals around gender equality, equitable caregiving, and positive fatherhood.

For more information on MenCare in the Middle East and North Africa, check out the regional highlights below.

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Promundo and ABAAD adapt Program P in Beirut to promote men’s caregiving, prevention of violence against women, and early childhood development

In 2017, MenCare global co-coordinator Promundo and Lebanese NGO ABAAD launched a project to adapt and implement Program P – a gender-transformative fatherhood methodology – with Lebanese and Syrian fathers and couples in Beirut, with a special focus on early childhood development (ECD). The project is co-funded by UN Women and by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs through Prevention+. The 

Lebanon produces new adaptation of MenCare’s Program P in Arabic

Two fathers play and cook with their children and partners.

ABAAD, in partnership with Save the Children, launched an Arabic version of MenCare’s Program P fatherhood training manual for use in Lebanon and the greater Middle East and North Africa region. Program P, which has been adapted in at least 10 countries, from Latin America to Asia and Africa, identifies best practices and provides concrete strategies for engaging men in active fatherhood from prenatal care through delivery, childbirth, and their children’s early years.