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REAL Fathers Initiative

Date of publication: 
01 Jan 2016


Publisher:  USAID US Agency for International Development; Institute for Reproductive Health Georgetown University; Save the Children Publication type:  Briefs, Fact Sheets and Brochures Reports Studies, Reviews and Research

This brief provides an overview of the Responsible, Engaged and Loving (REAL) Fathers Initiative developed by the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University and Save the Children International and piloted in Amuru District, Northern Uganda.

Grounded in formative research, REAL is a community-based mentoring program that works with young fathers (16-25 years old) who are parenting a child 1-3 years old. REAL aims to:

  • Improve parenting attitudes and confidence in using nonviolent discipline; 
  • Decrease use of intimate partner violence and physical punishment of children; and
  • Foster acceptance of non-traditional gender roles in parenting.
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