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Newsletter: From Evidence to Action

From here to paternity: fatherhood & family diversity in South Africa

Date :
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 12:00
Location :
Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban

The HSRC has been a pioneer in fatherhood research in South Africa, notably with the ground-breaking Fatherhood Study which produced the landmark book Baba: Men and Fatherhood in South Africa (Richter & Morrell, eds, 2006). Other contributions to the HSRC community of practice around fatherhood include Teenage Tata: Voices of Young Fathers in South Africa (Swartz & Bhana, 2009); and, more recently, Men’s Pathways to Parenthood: Silence and Gender Norms (Morison & Macleod, 2015). A decade after the Fatherhood Project and publication of Baba, there are continued debates around fathers. Recent topical issues include: paternity leave, men’s involvement in childcare, and increasing family diversity in the country. 

In this seminar, we engage key experts in order to

  • consider the current status of policy and practice around South African fatherhood, with inputs from Sonke Gender Justice
  • assess the state of research and map out future research priorities
  • present the findings of a ground-breaking study on a new avenue of research - gay men and fatherhood - conducted by a team from the Human and Social Development programme and funded by the Ford Foundation.


-       Andre Lewaks:  National MenCare Coordinator, Sonke Gender Justice

-       Ingrid Lynch: Postdoctoral Fellow, Human & Social Development, HSRC

-       Tawanda Makusha: Senior Research Specialist, Human & Social Development, HSRC

-       Tracy Morison: Senior Research Specialist, Human & Social Development, HSRC

Chair: Vasu Reddy: Dean of Humanities, University of Pretoria

Kindly RSVP by 12 October 2015

Cape Town : HSRC, 12th Floor, Plein Park Building (Opposite Revenue Office), Plein Street, Cape Town. Contact Jean Witten, Tel (021) 4668004, Fax (021) 461 0299, or [email protected]

Durban :  First floor HSRC board room, 750 Francois Road, Ntuthuko Junction, Pods 5 and 6, Cato Manor, Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or [email protected]

Pretoria : HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail: [email protected]