Globally, women make up about half of the workforce, but they’re still spending over twice as much time on childcare and domestic work as men are. At MenCare, we believe that true equality will only be reached when men are taking on 50% of the world’s childcare and domestic work; however, estimates say that at …
In Sub-Saharan Africa, 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 nine countries. In Botswana, Cabo Verde, Ethiopia, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, and Uganda, our partners focus on issues ranging from gender equality and violence prevention to masculinities and men’s health.
Across the region, MenCare partners are reaching fathers through group education and community campaigns to engage men in sexual and reproductive health, maternal and child health, women’s economic empowerment, and caregiving. As part of the campaign, powerful films from Rwanda and South Africa tell the stories of men who challenge stereotypes to become more involved caregivers for their children. In Rwanda, work with the Ministry of Health aims to increase health knowledge and positive decision-making among young people, fathers, and couples. In South Africa, advocacy initiatives encourage policymakers to take a stand against corporal punishment and to legislate paid leave for new parents. From Ethiopia to Namibia, work with men and boys has led to positive transformations in the gender norms and behaviors that serve as barriers to involved fatherhood.
For more information on MenCare in Africa, check out the regional highlights below, and learn more about the MenCare+ program in Rwanda and South Africa.
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On June 13, 2018, the MenEngage Uganda Network and Sonke Gender Justice, in collaboration with the Embassy of Sweden in Kampala, are hosting an event featuring the 2017 State of the World’s Fathers: Time for Action report, produced by Promundo as a MenCare publication. Sonke Gender Justice and Promundo serve as the global MenCare campaign’s co-coordinators. The report …
Results from a randomized controlled trial (RCT) released today in the journal PLOS ONE reveal powerful impacts of targeted, gender-transformative programming on health and violence in Rwanda. Almost two years after participating in a MenCare fathers’ and couples’ program in Rwanda, as part of MenCare+, men are nearly half as likely to use violence against …
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Fatherhood is a gift to children, but it's also a gift to dads. In Khayelitsha, Themba inspires his younger brother, Andrew, who is about to become a father.
Landuwari journeys to an understanding that sharing the work at home, supporting women's economic empowerment, and girls' education benefits the entire family.
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 provides an overview of the state of fatherhood in South Africa and an advocacy tool for those seeking to influence policies regarding men's equitable, nonviolent caregiving.
This case study highlights the MenCare+ program in Rwanda and results from a randomized control trial.
Gender-transformative Bandebereho couples’ intervention to promote male engagement in reproductive and maternal health and violence prevention in Rwanda
Results from a randomized controlled trial reveal powerful impacts of gender-transformative programming on health and violence in Rwanda.