Univ. of Coimbra leads project to involve men in fatherhood

The Center for Social Studies (CES) of the University of Coimbra is leading a European project to promote, raise awareness and involve men in paternity and care, with more than half a million euros in funding.

The project, entitled “PARENT – Promotion, Awareness Raising, and Engagement of Men in Nurture Transformations”, is led by the ESC and will take place in Portugal, Austria, Lithuania, and Italy, with funding from H2020, the Union Research and Innovation Framework Program European Union, the institution announced today.

“Globally, men and women still share in an inequitable way the division of care work, understood as housework and unpaid care developed both at home and in society,” the CES says.

This imbalance “negatively affects not only men, women and children, but also gender dynamics and the economy itself.”

In this sense, PARENT intends to “involve men in care”, as well as increase awareness “about the articulation between the promotion of care practices and the prevention of gender violence.”

This two-year research project is based on methodologies developed by the Promundo Institute in Brazil, implemented and evaluated “in diverse global contexts”.

The project, which has just started, “aims to tackle the challenges of preventing and eradicating violence against women and children, based on the promotion of caring and non-violent masculinities,” the ESC explains.

The Portuguese team of the CES has as coordinating researcher Tatiana Moura, counting on a partnership for this project with the General Directorate of Health, “for the development of the tools of intervention and execution of the project”.

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