A public book reading campaign organized in Ukraine by UNFPA Country Office to encourage fathers to read to children from 0 to 5 years old in order to support their early development and ensure emotional connection.

Within the ambit of the UNFPA EECARO "Call for an initiative to foster Gender Transformative Approaches", UNFPA Ukraine Country Office and the NGO Fathers' Club are launching today the first of a series of public book readings to foster fathers' involvement in early childhood development. 

Ukrainian fathers-celebrities - singers, dancers, sportsmen, journalists - who are partnering for this event, will act as role models and raise public attention, by encouraging fathers to get involved in their child’s life and simultaneously contributing to building respectful relationships between men and women. Particular attention will be given to the most vulnerable children with disabilities and from conflict-effected regions of Ukraine, whose participation in the event is ensured by the County Office.

International studies show:

  • 80% of men older regret that insufficient attention was paid to their children;

  •       active participation of fathers in parenting improves relationships in the family, children confidence and success later in life.

The firs series of the public book readings will take place on May 18th – 21st at the Book Fair Arsenal, a huge annual cultural project hosting over 200 events and publishing agencies, as well as 93000 guests as reported last year. The following book readings will take place between June and August, so stay tuned! 

In Moldova, schools and local communities are promoting men's engagement in child protection and nonviolence. 

At the beginning of the academic year, 31 schools and local communities from three regions of the Republic of Moldova benefited from a series of activities that promoted gender development, peer-to-peer education, and the engagement of men and boys in nonviolence, anti-bullying, and more. The activities were carried out as part of the “For a violence-free life for children in Moldova” project, implemented by Terre des Hommes Moldova and supported by Oak Foundation. The project aims to prevent child abuse by emphasizing men and boys’ engagement in child protection and education. The activity leaders organized events in their communities focusing on the above-mentioned topics, including family sports competitions, gender education for parents, social theater, and workshops.

Learn more about the project and participants here

This article was first published in the fifth edition of the EECA Regional Newsletter on Gender-Transformative Programming

A gender-transformative life-skills education program will be institutionalized in secondary schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

CARE International Balkans in Bosnia and Herzegovina is working with education ministries to first accredit and then institutionalize its gender-transformative life-skills educational curriculum called “Program Y – Youth” for use in secondary schools. Within Bosnia and Herzegovina, education policy is decentralized to 11 different education ministries. One of the first ministries, from the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton, has already included CARE’s program as part of its strategies for violence prevention. All secondary schools will soon be required to implement the program. A phased-in process has been developed, focused on building capacity for teachers and peer educators to implement the program jointly.

This article was first published in the fifth edition of the EECA Regional Newsletter on Gender-Transformative Programming

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