Sonke Gender Justice, MenCare’s global co-coordinator, welcomed the acceptance of the Labour Laws Amendment Bill (LLAB) by South Africa’s National Assembly on November 28, 2017. The legislation provides for 10 days of parental/paternity leave for new fathers and non-birth-giving mothers, along with expanded adoption leave, increased maternity leave benefits, and additional parental and workplace protections.
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 eight countries. In Botswana, Cabo Verde, Ethiopia, Namibia, 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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If we can find an answer to the question of greater involvement by fathers in the care of their children, millions of women and children will benefit from better care and dads themselves will have an improved quality of life.
In 2013, Belgian hip-hop artist Stromae released the single Papaoutai. In the song, he expresses frustration with his absent father, continually asking in the chorus: “Où t’es, papa, où t’es?” (in English, “Daddy, where are you?”). In the music video that was released with the hit, we see a young boy trying to reach his unresponsive father.
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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.
The briefing highlights the human rights imperative to prohibit all violent punishment of children.
This evaluation analyzes the efficacy and impact of the MenCare+ program in South Africa.