You Are My Father.
More than four out of five men worldwide will be fathers at some point in their lives.
In addition to being fathers themselves, nearly all the world’s men have some connection to children as brothers, uncles, teachers, coaches or simply as friends. A growing and overwhelming body of evidence from the Global North and Global South confirms that engaged fatherhood is good for children, good for women and good for men themselves. Yet engaging men as caring, involved fathers and caregivers has seldom been the focus of our global efforts to engage men in gender equality.
MenCare – A Global Fatherhood Campaign – is officially launching in November, 2011 and is coordinated by Promundo, Sonke and the MenEngage Alliance, as an effort to promote men’s involvement as fathers and as caregivers. It seeks to provide support materials, messages, policy recommendations and research to encourage local MenEngage partners, NGOs, women’s rights organizations, governments and UN partners to implement campaign activities in their settings.
MenCare is conceived as a complement to global and local efforts to engage men and boys in ending violence against women and girls. Together with efforts like the White Ribbon Campaign (www.whiteribbon.ca), it is part of the MenEngage Alliance’s global vision to achieve equitable, non-violent relationships and caring visions of what it means to be men.
The MenCare Coordinators:
Promundo is a Brazil based NGO that works locally, nationally and internationally to promote gender equality and reduce violence against women, children and youth.
Sonke Gender Justice Network is a South Africa based NGO that works across Africa to strengthen government, civil society and citizen capacity to support men and boys to take action to promote gender equality, prevent domestic and sexual violence and reduce the spread and impact of HIV and AIDS.
MenCare is supported by The Bernard Van Leer Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.