Unveiling the State of the World’s Fathers 2015

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United Nations Headquarters, Trusteeship Council Chamber

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The MenCare Campaign in collaboration with the Clinton Foundation’s No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project and HeForShe: UN Women Solidarity Movement for Gender Equality, cordially invite you to the launch of the world’s first-ever report on the State of the World’s Fathers – providing a global view on the state of men’s contribution to parenting and caregiving around the world.

Around 80 percent of the world’s men and boys will become fathers in their lifetime, and virtually all men have at least some connection to children in caregiving relationships. Yet despite this, engaging men in caregiving is only just beginning to find its way onto the global gender equality agenda.

Produced by MenCare, a global fatherhood campaign, the State of the World’s Fathers report is intended to provide a periodic, data-driven snapshot of the state of men’s contributions to parenting and caregiving globally by addressing four issues related to fatherhood: unpaid care work in the home; sexual and reproductive health and rights, and maternal, newborn, and child health; men’s caregiving, and violence against children and women; and child development. It defines a global agenda for involving men and boys as part of the solution to achieve gender equality and positive outcomes in the lives of women, children, and men themselves.

The launch event will include opening remarks and comments, a presentation of the report’s key findings, and a panel discussion about how and why fatherhood matters.

Opening Remarks

Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation

Key Note Address

Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, UNFPA

Presentation of Key Findings

Gary Barker, International Director, Promundo

Panel Discussion

Giselle Carino, Deputy Regional Director, International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR)

Yannick Glemarec, Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme, UN Women

Lena Karlsson, Director, Child Protection Initiative, Save the Children

Michael Sneed, Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs, Johnson & Johnson

Moderated by Richard Lui, MSNBC & NBC News Anchor. UN HeForShe Spokesperson. Plan International Because I Am A Girl Ambassador.

Closing Remarks

Dean Peacock, Executive Director, Sonke Gender Justice

Nikki van der Gaag, Report Author and Author of “Feminism and Men”

Michael Kaufman, Report Author and Co-founder of the White Ribbon Campaign

Ruti Levtov, Report Author and MenCare Co-coordinator, Promundo

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United Nations Webcast to follow the event live: http://webtv.un.org

Read and download State of the World’s Fathers: sowf.men-care.org

The MenCare Campaign is co-coordinated by Promundo and Sonke Gender Justice, with Rutgers, Save the Children, and the MenEngage Alliance serving as Steering Committee members. Visit www.men-care.org.

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United Nations Headquarters, Trusteeship Council Chamber

New York, NY

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Organizer Promundo

Organizer of Unveiling the State of the World’s Fathers 2015

About Promundo

Founded in Brazil in 1997, Promundo works to promote gender equality and create a world free from violence by engaging men and boys in partnership with women and girls. Promundo is a global consortium with members in the United States, Brazil, Portugal, and Democratic Republic of the Congo that collaborate to achieve this mission by conducting cutting-edge research that builds the knowledge base on masculinities and gender equality; developing, evaluating, and scaling up high-impact gender-transformative interventions and programs; and carrying out national and international campaigns and advocacy initiatives to prevent violence and promote gender justice. For more information, see: www.promundoglobal.org

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