Promundo and UNFPA published a new report about adolescent boys and young men in March. The publication takes a deeper look at the daily lives of adolescent boys and young men around the world and at how they can join the movement towards improved health and gender equality.
In Brazil and Rwanda, we recently concluded three years of MenCare+ campaigns and programming with our partners, engaging tens of thousands in improving health outcomes, preventing violence, and encouraging gender equality. We also launched an online course to train hundreds of Brazilian health professionals on engaging men in fatherhood and in maternal, newborn, and child health.
We advocated for sharing the care work not only in Brazil, but around the world with the launch of the MenCare Parental Leave Platform at the United Nations’ 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. The platform calls on governments and employers to provide paid leave for all parents, presenting 10 ways to leave gender inequality behind and give our children the care they need.
Our team in Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Living Peace Institute, celebrated the conclusion of the second round of Living Peace groups in North and South Kivu, which help men and their partners to develop positive coping strategies and healthy, nonviolent relationships in post-conflict settings.
In our featured interviews in honor of International Women’s Day, you’ll get to know Nikki van der Gaag and Shereen El Feki. Nikki is the author of Feminism and Men and a noted feminist, writer, and communicator. Shereen is the author of Sex and the Citadel and an acclaimed broadcaster, writer, and academic.
Nikki van der Gaag and Shereen El Feki
Two Experts Speak to Successes and Strategies in Advancing Gender Equality
In honor of International Women’s Day, we talked to authors and experts Nikki van der Gaag and Shereen El Feki about the progress made, challenges faced, and long-term strategies needed to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment. Shereen spoke with us about sexuality and gender in the Arab region, and Nikki about the importance of bringing men on board with feminism
Promundo and UNFPA launched a new report in March, Adolescent Boys and Young Men: Engaging Them as Supporters of Gender Equality and Health and Understanding their Vulnerabilities, that takes a deeper look at the daily lives of adolescent boys and young men around the world, and how they can join the movement towards improved health and gender equality...
Promundo, together with Rutgers and Sonke Gender Justice, is beginning a multi-country, multi-year program in 2016 to engage men and boys in reducing gender-based violence and promoting women’s economic empowerment. The new initiative, known as “Prevention+: Partnering with Men to End Gender-Based Violence,” is one of nine programs...
On March 22-23, Promundo organized a workshop to pilot a new toolkit on gender and economic empowerment with a team of 30 professionals from the municipality’s Social Assistance Department in Itararé, São Paulo, as part of its Bolsa Familía Companion Program. The toolkit is designed to train professionals who work with the beneficiaries of conditional...
Promundo’s team in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Living Peace Institute, held three celebrations to conclude its second round of Living Peace groups in North and South Kivu in December 2015. Working with Institut Supérieur du Lac (ISL), HEAL Africa, and Benenfance, the Living Peace Institute aims to prevent violence in post-conflict settings...
MenCare+, an initiative of the global MenCare campaign, completed its third year of activities in Brazil in January 2016. MenCare partner Promundo coordinates the initiative in Brazil, where it is known as +Pai, along with Instituto Papai, Instituto Noos, Rio de Janeiro’s Secretariat of Health, and the Brazilian Ministry of Health. A three-year, four-country collaboration...
Brazil’s “Community of Practice” platform, in partnership with Promundo and with the Ministry of Health’s National Coordinating Body on Men’s Health, launched the online course “Engaging Men: Health, Parenting, and Care” in November 2015. The course, which aims to explore issues related to fatherhood with a focus on healthcare, has reached more than 700 participants...
New research results emerging from an adaptation of the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) are now available from Nigeria and Moldova. Promundo is also finalizing IMAGES research – in contexts of urban violence – in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Maputo, Mozambique, and has begun the process in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco, and the occupied Palestinian territories.
Brazil recently passed two measuresexpanding paid paternity leave – an issue for which Promundo has been actively advocating. In December, the State of Rio de Janeiro expanded paternity leave from 5 to 30 days for civil and military government employees. In March, new legislation expanded paternity leave from 5 to 20 days for employees of many Brazilian companies who participate in the government’s Corporate Citizen Program.
Since April 1, Promundo has been carrying out a series of consultations to develop a participatory methodology to prevent gender-based violence in public schools in Rio de Janeiro, as part of the Youth Living Peace project.
In April, Promundo trained health professionals in Coimbra, Portugal to use the Portuguese adaptation of the Program P methodology to engage men in active fatherhood from prenatal care through delivery, childbirth, and their children’s early years. The Portuguese Program P manual will be released along with the State of Portugal’s Fathers report in May.
Promundo’s Tatiana Moura and Letícia Serafim spoke at the 3rd Global Symposium on Gender in Media, hosted by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, in São Paulo in March. The symposium presented the “Global Research Study on Female Representation in Media & Gender Equality: Brazil Study,” to which Promundo contributed.
Promundo’s Marco Aurélio Martins joined leaders of nongovernmental organizations from Mexico, USA, England, Poland, Uganda, Malta, Switzerland, Afghanistan, India, France, Germany, Georgia, Latvia, and Ethiopia at the Resource Alliance’s Future Leaders Programme in Oxford, England in April.