Media Advisory: On the occasion of Father’s Day, experts discuss Engaged Fatherhood and Paternity Leave in the MENA Region

Date: Friday, June 18, 2021

WHAT? Roundtable discussion with experts and representatives from governments, civil society organizations and private sector on the importance of men’s active involvement in childcare. The event will also discuss legal and policy reforms in favor of paternity leave in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. On the occasion of the celebration of Father’s Day in most countries of the MENA region, the roundtable will present global and regional evidence about the benefits that engaged fatherhood does have for men, women, children, families and societies.

WHEN?  On Monday 21st June 2021, from 2:00 pm to 3:35 pm Cairo time (GMT+2).

WHERE?  Online via Zoom, registration at the following link in advance is a must:

WHO?  This roundtable discussion is organized under the framework of the UN Women’s “Men and Women for Gender Equality” regional programme - funded by Sweden-. Speakers include Susanne Mikhail Eldhagen, UN Women’s Regional Director for the Arab States, as well as representatives from governments, civil society organizations and the private sector in the MENA region.

Further information about the event and the speakers can be found in the attached concept note.


Information for the media:

Media are welcome to attend the event and raise questions during the two slots of Q&As that are scheduled (please see attached concept note for further details). Prior registration of media representatives via the above Zoom link is required.

Social Media: Join the conversation on social media using the hashtags #WorkingTogether, #Because_I_am_a_man and #FathersDay.

For more information please contact:

Ola Tanani, Communications Consultant, UN Women Regional Office for Arab States

Email: ola.tanani(at)