News and press releases

  • 09 April 2014 |

    Preventing a fist-fight in a township was my first introduction to South Africa. With a group of community mobilisers promoting the MenCare+ fathers’ groups, we went into the Township of Kayelitsha near Cape Town to talk to men. We turned a corner  and stood in the middle of a fist-fight of what seemed to be high-school ex-lovers. He was on the verge of hitting her. The community mobilisers jumped between the two to calm the boy down, and she fled the moment she freed herself from his grip on her hair. My heart was beating like hell: This is how it feels to live in an environment where  violence is normal.

  • 09 April 2014 |

    From 7 to 11 April, the 47th session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) is held in New York. This is a yearly conference that monitors, reviews and assesses the implementation of the agreements made at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, Egypt. These agreements are set out in the Programme of Action (PoA), which is a rights-based development framework.

  • 31 March 2014 |

    Improving the position of women and girls cannot be done without engaging men and boys. This is what MenCare+, the joint programme of Rutgers WPF, Promundo-US and national partners in four countries argued at the 58th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in March 2014.

  • 20 March 2014 |

    On 20 March at the 58th Commission on the Status of Women in New York, Rutgers WPF was able to deliver an oral statement asking for increased attention to involve men in improving the position of women and girls.

    "The new global Post-2015 Development Agenda aims to improve the position of women and girls. Engaging men as allies in this endeavour has been proven to work around the world. Men have the potential to contribute towards improving gender equality, and many men already do."

  • 18 March 2014 |

    I really need to write down my thoughts and reflections, cause I’m afraid I will loose it if I don’t start to download and share it soon. To free some space on my hard drive and to inform you on what’s going on inside of me.

    The danger of a conference like CSW is in both focussing and in not focussing your attention and time. Let me try to explain.

  • 08 March 2014 |

    On International Women's Day 8 March, the Indonesian newspaper the Jakarta Globe published a special on gender equality. Siska Dewi Noya, programme officer Gender Based Violence of Rutgers WPF Indonesia wrote an opinion article "To Protect Women, Engage Men" on why men are important in achieving gender equality.

    Read the complete article in the Jakarta Globe

  • 07 March 2014 |

    Improving the position of women and girls cannot be done without engaging men and boys. This is what MenCare+, the joint programme of Rutgers WPF, Promundo-US and national partners in four countries will be arguing at the 58th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The United Nations conference is taking place 10-21 March in New York and focuses on the challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls.

  • 27 February 2014 |

    Karachi- 26 feb 2014: In Pakistan’s Sindh Province, the Peoples Assembly is preparing to pass a new bill, raising the age limit for marriage from 16 to 18 years old, Ms. Qaimkhani, Provincial Minister of Social Welfare and Women Development announced.

  • 17 February 2014 |

    Empowering women is good, but no real change can occur without explicitly engaging men in the debate. We need to engage men, make them part of the solution.

  • 12 February 2014 |

    Today, UNFPA has launched a landmark UN document. At the core of this ICPD Beyond 2014 Global Report, are inequalities – the cost of inequality for dignity and for sustainable development, and how investments in gender equality and rights, in youth, health and education and securing the human rights of all are essential to deliver sustainable global development goals.