Why engage male caregivers?
Male caregivers, especially fathers, have a profound influence in the lives of girls. Whether positive, negative or lacking, male caregivers exert considerable impact on girls’ development and opportunities. As a result, targeted programming for girls should identify opportunities to strategically engage fathers in being champions for their daughters’ safety and well-being. Research affirms that engaging male caregivers matters; when fathers adopt more equitable viewpoints about their daughters and when they become more positively involved in their lives, this involvement is associated with increased school participation and achievement and with elevated self-esteem.