Belarusian dads from different backgrounds share their experiences and inspiring examples of fatherhood

19 June 2023
Father is putting roller skates on daughters
UNICEF in Belarus/2023

UNICEF in partnership with Belarus Ministry of Labor and Social Protection have announced the launch of a large-scale photo project about responsible fatherhood. About 30 fathers from different regions of Belarus will take part in the project. Dads will describe how they spend time with their children and share their parenting practices to inspire other parents not to miss an amazing opportunity to be an integral part of their children's lives.

The father's active engagement in parenting is important because dads have a unique influence on children. Values, beliefs, social and emotional development of boys and girls are strongly linked to fatherhood. Children learn how to manage their emotions better; stay mentally fit and be more open if their fathers are actively involved in their upbringing, education, and social life.

According to the 2019 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) conducted by the National Statistical Committee of the Republic of Belarus (Belstat) and UNICEF to assess the situation of children and women, mothers in Belarus are three times more likely to engage in four or more types of educational activities with their children than fathers. For example, only 14% of fathers read to their children.

To encourage fathers to participate more actively in their children's lives, the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, together with UNICEF, have collected photo stories of fathers from different backgrounds from all over the country.

The photo project will launch symbolically on the International Father's Day on June 18 and will end with a large-scale exhibition on the National Father's Day on October 21.

Please discover the photo stories here.

In summer, the photo set will be updated with new stories, and the project will end in October.

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Гулялек Солтанова
Руководитель отдела коммуникаций и партнерства
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