Involving men as active parents contributes to gender equality

Namibia

As part of last year’s 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, the Office of the First Lady of Namibia, Madam Monica Geingos, in partnership with the daily newspaper, Southern Times, hosted an event targeted at fathers with the theme, “Fathers in today’s context”. The main attraction of the event, which was held in Windhoek on the 28th of November, was a panel discussion, with James Itana, co-ordinator of MenEngage Namibia, forming part of the panelists alongside the founder of Namibia’s Fatherhood Foundation, Karven Isaks, and CEO of Zimpapers Zimbabwe, Pikirayi Deketeke.

During the panel discussion MenEngage Namibia’s Itana highlighted the need to recognise how the socialisation of men and boys greatly contributes to the absence and lack of involvement of men as caregivers and parents. “Increasing efforts to work with men as caregivers and parents can be one of the greatest contributions that can be made to involve men in efforts to promote gender equality”, he said.

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