Father's Dreams for their Daughters

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?

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Introduction and Objectives

The critical role of fathers in their daughters’ lives is generally assumed to be important and impactful. Available research suggests that fathers can influence health, academic, social, and professional experiences of their daughters and that girls who receive more encouragement from their fathers tend to be high achievers. In the West, fathers influence apparently includes spoken encouragement, as well as non-verbal signals of equality that includes splitting the chores in the household. Recent research suggests that girls who watch their fathers do housework grow up to be more assertive and ambitious than their peers. However, in developing countries, while there is anecdotal evidence, very little is written about how fathers influence their daughters. And even less is known about dreams and aspirations that fathers have for their daughters, whether or not it is different as the girl ages, and how this differs between cultures.


The data collection instrument was developed using an iterative process with colleagues of diverse cultures and backgrounds, with early versions pilot tested in the DRC. Largely qualitative, the survey consists of eight questions that ask the father to share his understanding of his daughter’s personality, strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes, and her aspirations. He also shares his aspirations for her, and what he will do to ensure that she accomplishes her potential. Quantitative data assesses participant socio-economic demographics, including age, education, religion, and wealth status. A cross-sectional study design will be employed, with snowball sampling that leverages social media. Deep dives will occur in Indonesia, Kenya, Uganda, and Haiti.
All data will be entered online using DatAdventure, a web-based, real-time data entry, and analysis tool. Analysis Qualitative data will be analyzed using a Qualitative Data Analysis Matrix. The team will apply both thematic and content analysis techniques to identify, examine, and interpret patterns and themes in the data. Using the research questions as a framework, the team will undergo a data reduction process to identify and focus on what is meaningful. Quantitative data will be summarized, and differences tested using Chi Square for categorical variables, t-test for continuous variables as appropriate. Continuous variables were summarized as means +/– standard deviation or medians with ranges and categorical and binary variables were summarized as percentages. All data will be displayed either graphically, or as a table or matrix, or described textually.


This study will provide data on which to make recommendations for enhancing father’s conscious and active influence in ensuring gender equality.

Press Release


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.

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