Unveiling the State of the World’s Fathers 2015

Gender equality requires a revolution in the lives of men and boys including their full participation in domestic life

WHEN: Tuesday, 16 June 2015, 3:30-5pm EDT
WHERE: United Nations Headquarters, Trusteeship Council Chamber 1st Avenue between 42nd and 48th Street, New York, New York
RSVP: by Thursday, 11 June 2015 at 12pm EDT to sowf.eventbrite.com

United Nations webcast will follow the event live at webtv.un.org. Read and download State of the World’s Fathers at sowf.men-care.org, and follow the discussion on Twitter using #SOWF and @MenCareGlobal.

SOWF-feature-croppedThe 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 of 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, Equimundo

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, Equimundo

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