As of January 1, 2020 all parents in South Africa will now be entitled to 10 days paid parental leave when their children are born. The legislation does not apply to mothers who have given birth since they are already entitled to maternity leave. It does however increase the level of benefits due to mothers …
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 11 countries. In Botswana, Cabo Verde, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Ethiopia, Ghana, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Togo 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.
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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 State of the World's Fathers 2019 report calls for men’s uptake of their full share of the world’s childcare and domestic work – across all societies and relationships – to advance gender equality.
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