Sub-Saharan Africa

Policy Support for Engaging Men in Positive Parenting in Ethiopia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe – A Comparative Scorecard

Contributed by a member of the RISE Community • July 21st, 2017

This report forms part of a series of policy scans completed by Sonke Gender Justice and MenEngage Africa that document policy progress towards various aspects of gender justice.

Sonke Gender Justice works across Africa to strengthen government, civil society and citizen capacity to promote gender equality, prevent domestic and sexual violence, and reduce the spread and impact of HIV and AIDS.  The organisation also chairs the MenEngage Africa chapter, which consists of 19 country networks across Africa, whose members implement a range of activities that engage men and boys in gender transformation and violence prevention, including responses to the children’s rights issues facing many African countries.

Focused on five countries – South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe, this scorecard seeks to provide a comparative policy analysis on engaging men in children’s rights and protection, with special focus on positive parenting and ending violence against children,  implementation barriers, and recommendations for action. The scorecard can be used as an advocacy tool for civil society actors to further engage on issues of policy strengthening to better support positive parenting and enhance the important roles men and fathers play in the lives of their children.


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