“Research shows that male engagement in care giving contributed significantly to increase intimacy within family, lead them to become a better father and advance the economic status of family.”
Engaging Men to Eliminate Violence Against Women
MenCare+ is a global program funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs that has been implemented in four countries, i.e. Indonesia, Brazil, South Africa and Rwanda. Since 2013, Rutgers WPF Indonesia has implemented the global program in its efforts to eliminate sexual and gender-based violence by promoting the involvement of men to become agents of change.
The program consists of six main activities, as follows:
These activities are expected to bring positive changes, such as:
Results of the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) conducted in Brazil, Chili, Kroasia, India, Meksiko and Rwanda in 2011 revealed that violence is something that men have learned since childhood. Violence is perceived as a normal behavior. Other study shows that the involvement of men in childcare will improve their relationship with women, encourage men to become caring fathers and increase family members’ well-being.
The program faces challenges as it is aimed at changing men’s behavior. Nonetheless, the program also adopts preventive approach by providing men with better insight on life to raise their appreciation of sexuality and reproductive health of both men and women. The program also provides them with information regarding law on anti-violence and child protection as well as encourages them to share the importance of eliminating violence against women and children.
MenCare+ program realises that men are not fully aware of their role and often unable to control themselves, thus resulting in violent behavior. To address this, the program provides a series of activities for young male and fathers group, which include knowledge sharing, counseling and therapy. Counseling and therapy are highly required by those who have the tendency of violent behavior.
To provide permanent source of information, MenCare+ program also takes the initiatives to build the capacity of healthcare workers at healthcare facilities such as clinic and community health centers (Puskesmas) to enable them to provide information, counseling and therapy services regarding sexuality and gender-based violence and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), as well as child protection and maternal health. The initiatives are expected to be adopted and integrated into the public health service system nationwide.
Below is the quality level of men in seeing gender roles, from the worst to the most ideal:
At which level are you now?
For more detail information on MenCare+ program in Indonesia, please visit www.lakilakipeduli.org