Sub-Saharan Africa

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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, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Ethiopia, Namibia, NigeriaRwandaSouth Africa, 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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Landmark moment for child rights in South Africa

On 29 November 2018, the Constitutional Court will consider the constitutionality of the use of corporal punishment in the home. The Constitutional Court has prohibited corporal punishment in detention settings in 1995 and in schools in 2000, and this case presents the opportunity to prohibit its use in the home.

Ejike’s story: Modeling caring and equitable relationships in Nigeria

Ejike and his wife, Beatrice, live together in Edem, Nigeria. Ejike is a teacher in a community with many rigid, deeply held practices and beliefs. When Ejike was a young man, however, people like his English teacher Mr. Smith instilled in him a deep respect for women and women’s equality that he carried with him into adulthood.

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MenCare Short: South Africa

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.

MenCare Short: Rwanda

Landuwari journeys to an understanding that sharing the work at home, supporting women's economic empowerment, and girls' education benefits the entire family.

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?"

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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 South Africa’s Fathers 2018
State of South Africa’s Fathers 2018

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.

Bandebereho/Role Model: Fathers and Couples Program Reduces Domestic Violence by 44%
Bandebereho/Role Model: Fathers and Couples Program Reduces Domestic Violence by 44%

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
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.