Father's Dreams for their Daughters
The Man Up Campaign, along with Oxford Epidemiology Services and ResultsinHealth have teamed up to document aspirations and dreams of fathers for their daughters from countries around the world. The objectives of this study are to:
1. To what extent are father’s aspirations for their daughters in line with gender equality?
2. What are the key themes and patterns?
3. Do fathers’ aspirations differ by socioeconomic status or religion?
4. What are key ways to engage fathers in the path on gender equality that build on their aspirations and dreams for their daughters?
Introduction and Objectives
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WASHINGTON DC — Oxford Epi, a US-based woman-owned small business has partnered with the Man Up Campaign, headquartered in New York City, and Results in Health, based in the Netherlands, to launch “Dreams of Father.” The project spans a number of countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia, the US, and Europe, with deep dives in Kenya, Haiti, and Indonesia, among others.
Dreams of Fathers is founded on the understanding that every girl or woman is another man’s daughter and that in many countries, it is the father who determines whether his daughter is allowed to pursue her education. The project comprises of a brief survey that allows fathers to give a voice to what they dream that their daughters will accomplish. “Fathers play an incredibly important role in their daughter’s lives. Very often, a father’s desire to see his daughter succeed allows her to acquire education, develop a career, or change society for the better,” said Rachel Jean-Baptiste, founder and CEO of Oxford Epi. “We want to highlight the effort of these men and encourage more fathers to be involved in their daughter’s education.”
Upon obtaining the results, Oxford Epi hopes to use the data to leverage the capacity of fathers to contribute positively to gender equity. In particular, the knowledge learned from this project will allow us to develop effective programs that strengthen the capacity of fathers to help their daughters stay in school.