PARENT brings a gender-synchronised approach (Program P) aiming to tackle the challenges of prevention and eradication of violence against women and children. By engaging men in co-responsible parenting and caregiving and promoting an equal share of unpaid care work in 4 EU countries: Portugal, Italy, Lithuania and Austria.

PARENT intends to contribute to the prevention of domestic and intra-family gender-based violence and violence against children. It seeks to promote change in social attitudes and behaviour regarding gender roles in caregiving.


PARENT directs a targeted response to the need for concrete strategies to engage men in active fatherhood. The project relies on the already well developed, tested and internationally implemented Program P methodology – Engaging Men in Fatherhood, Caregiving, and Maternal and Child Health and adds an Early Childhood Development component to this approach.


Training health care and education professionals using Program P-ECD (Parenting and Early Childhood Development)
Consciousness raising education groups for fathers and their partners
National campaigns to promote gender-equitable caregiving and active and engaged fatherhood

Expected Results

Increased awareness and activities on the importance of engaging men in active fatherhood and gender-equitable caregiving to promote the eradication of violence against women and children
Increased engagement of men as fathers, more gender-equitable attitudes and behaviors in caregiving and a decrease in violence against women and children