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 that:

  • 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 first 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!