Vice-Chancellor's Forum: Masculinity, Fatherhood and Children's Rights

Event Date: 
Monday, 20 November 2023 - 12:00pm
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Vice-Chancellor's Forum: Masculinity, Fatherhood and Children's Rights

The Office of the Vice-Chancellor in collaboration with the Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS), will host a Vice-Chancellor’s Forum on Monday, November 20, 2023 from 12:00 PM (JA/EST)/1:00 pm (EC/AST).  

Each November 20 on World Children’s Day, adults around the world come together to listen to children in support of UNICEF’s call for a more inclusive and equitable world.  Just 24 hours before on November 19, organisations and governments around the world recognise International Men’s Day as an opportunity for men to reflect, converse and act on their important contributions to society.  The well-being of children and the well-being of men are closely linked. The UWI Regional Coordinating Office of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS) as part of its anniversary events for “30 Years of Advocacy for Gender Justice” unites these two important observances in this panel discussion titled, “Masculinity, Fatherhood and Children’s Rights”. The panel will unpack shifts in masculinities and their implications for children's rights to education, living free from violence—family violence, gang violence—adequate nutrition, healthcare, and other rights enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Gender justice advocates will interrogate the value of fathers not only as disciplinarians and breadwinners but as nurturers, caregivers, participants in domestic labour, and as such, central to the development of children, and by extension, societies.

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