Happy Father's Day!
Working with fathers around the world is one of the most powerful ways that World Vision helps to create a world of equality and non-violence.
We invite you today to share in the transformative stories of five fathers that demonstrate the importance of positive, nurturing fatherhood.
Today, we celebrate Father’s Day. It is a heart-warming celebration of fathers and father figures who have played an impactful role in the lives of their children and families.
Approximately four out of five men around the world will be fathers at some point in their lives, and nearly all men have connections to children as mentors, teachers, coaches, uncles, stepfathers, brothers, or friends.
An overwhelming amount of evidence points to the connection between men's engagement in caregiving and a range of positive outcomes for women and children, as well as men themselves.
Responsive fatherhood and the positive participation of men in their children’s lives is a powerful predictor of their children’s cognitive and social development, and their mental and physical health.
In addition, when fathers play an equal and responsive role in the household, it relieves the burden of caregiving on their partners and creates an environment where violence is less likely to take place.
Working with fathers around the world is one of the most powerful ways that World Vision helps to create a world of equality and non-violence. We invite you to share in the transformative stories of five fathers around the world that demonstrate the importance of positive, nurturing fatherhood.
1. In Mexico, a former gang member speaks out about violence and teaches his sons about caregiving, showing affection and non-violence. (Photo: 2010 Alyssa Bistonath/World Vision)
2. In Zambia, fathers are spending more time teaching children in the home. (Photo: 2015 Agatha Mali/World Vision)
4. In Rwanda, a caregiver and HIV-prevention trainer enjoys playing with and caring for his children. (Photo: 2009 Andrea Peer/World Vision)
Yeva Avakyan is the senior advisor for gender at World Vision USA. Additional reporting by Joanna Kretzer, Gender Development Community of Practice Advisor for World Vision International.
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