Fatherhood research in Africa is the study of the experiences of fathers and the roles they play in their families and communities. It involves examining the various challenges and opportunities that fathers face, as well as the impact of fatherhood on the well-being of children, women, and society as a whole.
Research for change
This research is important because it helps to inform policies and programs that support fathers and promote gender equality. For example, a study in South Africa found that fathers who were involved in their children's lives were more likely to encourage their daughters to pursue education and career goals. Therefore, fatherhood research in Africa can contribute to the development of more inclusive and equitable societies.
Children without involved fathers, or a significant older male father figure, are at great risk of both perpetrating and becoming victims of violence - both as children and adults - and of becoming victims of substance abuse; teen pregnancy; poor academic achievement; mental health problems and delinquency.