The role of fathers in Parenting for gender equality

This paper presents an emerging body of evidence, which affirms that positive father engagement in the lives of their children – much like positive involvement of mothers and other significant caregivers – is associated with a series of early child development outcomes as well as improved quality of family environment and relationships. It presents constraints which stand in the way of realizing the potential of men as fully involved fathers and caregivers, such as: restrictive gender norms and a lack of policies and supportive enabling environment; shares emerging and promising fatherhood and parenting support interventions; and offers evidence-based recommendations on how to improve research, policies, and programs in order to promote men’s active engagement as fathers.

Bandeberebo Faciilitator’ Manual

This manual was developed by RWAMREC and Equimundo to support the scale-up of the Bandebereho couples’ intervention through the health system in Rwanda. The manual is adapted from the original Bandebereho facilitators manual, inspired by Program P, that was developed as part of the MenCare+ project and evaluated through a randomized controlled trial. The study demonstrated the impact of the intervention on a range of health and gender-related outcomes, including intimate partner violence, contraceptive use, women’s antenatal care attendance and men’s accompaniment, household decision-making, and violence against children.

Nurturing Care and Men’s Engagement

Men caregivers play an important role in providing children nurturing care. Yet, often even when they want to be more involved, they are left out of the equation in policies, services and in communities. This thematic brief summarizes the evidence regarding the benefits of men’s engagement on outcomes for women, children, and even men themselves. It consolidates the learnings thus far regarding designing and adapting services to engage men in providing nurturing care. Finally, it recommends practical actions for policymakers and programme designers across four enabling environments: policies, services, communities and caregivers – all illustrated with case studies. It focuses particularly on what health services can do, while also covering education, social protection and other sectors.

Supporting Families for Gender-Transformative Parenting: Challenging the Gender Norms and Gender Inequalities – Creating a More Equitable Environment for All Children to Thrive

UNICEF’s new Gender Policy (2021-2030) and Gender Action Plan (GAP 2022-2025) emphasize UNICEF’s commitment to promoting gender equality around the world and recognize the integral role that positive gender socialization plays in transforming harmful gender norms and practices. With the International Step by Step Association (ISSA), UNICEF developed a resource package and training modules for frontline workers to support parents in implementing gender-transformative parenting practices at home and support positive gender socialization of children and adolescents. The resource package was piloted in eight UNICEF Country Offices in 2022.