Man Matters in Northern Ireland is launching a briefing paper Understanding Fatherhood in the 21st Century on International Men’s Day this year (Monday 19th November 2012)
The paper draws on local and international research into fatherhood to set out how men’s attitudes and practices are changing surrounding work and family responsibilities.
The paper was commissioned by the Man Matters project www.manmatters.org and written by Dr Maria Lohan and Colin Shaw of Queen’s University Belfast. It presents the different challenges facing a range of fathering experiences and highlights the obstacles which still remain to a fuller involvement in their children’s lives.
The paper makes a series of recommendations for changes in public policy and practice which are needed to account for the changing role of fathers in the 21st Century. It will be of interest to all private, public and community/voluntary organisations working with families and of particular importance to those working with fathers.
At the launch the paper will be introduced by Dr Lohan and there will also be reaction from Liam Hannaway, Vice Chairperson of the Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership. There will also be time for Questions and Answers. Each attendee will be given a copy of the paper and it will be available for download from the Man Matters website shortly after.
The paper will be launched on International Men’s Day on Monday 19th November at 11:30am in Farset International on the Springfield Road in Belfast. Lunch will be served afterwards. If you wish to attend the launch please book your place online at www.manmatters.org or contact Michael Glover @ WEA on 028 9032 9718.