Publication which has been financed by the United Nations Trust Fund on Family Activities, and provides funding support for research activities with an overall aim of promoting the objectives of the International Year of the Family. The five independent chapters were commissioned to focus on a number of relevant current international issues affecting families and the role of men in addressing them.
The areas of analysis include gender equality, participation in care work, fatherhood, migration and HIV/AIDS. The study also highlights problems associated with the presence of fathers and other male figures in families, such as domestic violence and substance abuse, while arguing for greater inclusion of vulnerable fathers in support services.
It provides an overview of existing national and regional research on the issue of men in families and related policy considerations and aims to stimulate the debate on the best means to develop social and economic policies that recognize men in their role as valuable contributors to the well-being of their families.