Fatherhood Project

The fatherhood Project is part of a larger global campaign called Men Care.  The Western Cape initiative is a joint venture between the Sonke Gender Trust and Families South Africa Western Cape. 

The project aims to:

  • Bring about gender equitable parenting.
  • Highlight the importance of a father’s engagement with his child in terms of the child’s development and the father’s mental wellness.
  • Prepare men mentally and emotionally for the birth of the child.
  • Increase understanding between men and women, thereby reinforcing a gender equitable relationship within the couple.
  • Put the rights of the child at the centre.
  • Highlight the child’s right to connect with both the mother and father.
  • Inspire fathers to share time with the child.

We aim to achieve these goals through creating a space (small facilitated groups) where men can engage each other and the facilitator around these key issues.  Groups are held in venues that are easily accessible to their community.