Papa

 

WHAT IS THE CHANGING ROLE OF THE MODERN DAD?

As gender equity and women's rights become more and more pervasive, family dynamics will continue to shift in countries and cultures all over the world. No longer are fathers the sole breadwinners and mothers the domestic caretakers. Are men starting to share the burden of child rearing more equitably around the world? How are fathers engaging in gender equality concerns? 

Explore the Papa gallery to find out!

 

FACTS, FIGURES, AND DATA THAT FRAME THE ISSUES
  • With more men willing to take an active role as fathers, rather than just be the family breadwinner, it seems we’ve come a long way toward gender equality in parenting—or have we?
ART, WRITING, AND MULTIMEDIA FROM WOMEN AND MEN AROUND THE WORLD
  • For Father's Day in the United Stated, MissRepresentation.org asked women and girls why their dad inspires them. Hear what they have to say in this emotional tribute to great fathers everywhere!
  • This documentary follows a family in Hungary where the father stays home as caretaker and the mother is the primary breadwinner.
THOUGHT LEADERS PRESENT PROVOCATIVE, INNOVATIVE IDEAS
  • Father and author Jeremy Adam Smith describes how being a father has changed over the years and what we need to call into question in order to redefine fatherhood.
  • Ariel Frisancho Arroyo, a doctor and maternal health activist in Peru, says that maternal health is not just a woman's issue, and encourages fathers to get involved in every aspect of pregnancy and child-rearing.
HEROES WORKING TO ADVANCE THE RIGHTS OF MOTHERS AND CHILDREN
  • In Burundi culture, gender roles are strictly defined. Women and mothers have little power in their marriages and communities. Learn how Hatungimana Sylvestre is working to change these norms.
  • Márcio Chagas da Paz is a father who collaborates with Promundo, a Brazilian NGO that seeks to promote gender equality and end violence against women, children, and youth.
FICTION AND MEMOIR FROM CELEBRATED WOMEN WRITERS
  • Leila Aboulela tells the story of a pregnant woman who recently moved to a new city for her husband's job; she is often alone, and feels uncertain and unmoored as she awaits the birth of her baby.
  • Blessing Musariri tells the story of Tinashe, a young Zimbabwean boy. When his mother takes Tinashe away with her in hopes of starting a new life, her young son must confront incomprehensible loss.
  • Sierra Leonian writer Aminatta Forna tells the story of a girl with a charismatic mother who was the favorite wife of her father, but also the target of judgments and criticisms from others in their community.
  • Samina Ali tells about her medically dangerous labor and delivery, during which she almost died, and what she learned from her infant son during her long period of rehabilitation.
  • Maggie Gee describes the growing pains she experienced as her daughter grew older and as she attempted to balance work and motherhood.
  • Beatrice Lamwaka's "Butterfly Dreams" is the story of a young woman who returns to her mother after five years of being a child soldier.
  • Valerie Mason-John tells the affecting story of a woman in Sierra Leone who lost many of her children and watched her country be torn apart by war and the search for blood diamonds.

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