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 eight countries. In Botswana, Cabo Verde, Ethiopia, Namibia, RwandaSouth 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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New fathers in Rwanda use 40% less violence against a partner nearly 2 years after MenCare program, reveals new study

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, men are nearly half as likely to use violence against their female partners and 

Sonke welcomes passing of Labour Laws Amendment Bill as landmark achievement for all parents in South Africa

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.

Making it easier for dads to raise their children

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.

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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.

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 targeted, gender-transformative programming on health and violence in Rwanda.

Progress towards prohibiting all corporal punishment of children in East and Southern Africa
Progress towards prohibiting all corporal punishment of children in East and Southern Africa

The briefing highlights the human rights imperative to prohibit all violent punishment of children.

MenCare+ South Africa Outcome Measurement Report
MenCare+ South Africa Outcome Measurement Report

This evaluation analyzes the efficacy and impact of the MenCare+ program in South Africa.