The world’s first global fatherhood report

Gender equality requires a revolution in the lives of men and boys, and achieving this requires urgent policy changes, MenCare-authored report argues in worldwide launch

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Author Biographies

The State of the World’s Fathers report is the product of collaboration among the following authors.

Gary Barker

Gary Barker is International Director and founder of Promundo. He has conducted extensive global research and program development around engaging men and boys in gender equality and violence prevention, and is a leading voice for the worldwide effort to establish positive, healthy dynamics between men and women. Gary is the co-founder of MenCare, a global campaign to promote men’s involvement as equitable, non-violent caregivers, and co-chair and co-founder of MenEngage, a global alliance of more than 400 NGOs and UN agencies working toward gender equality. He coordinates IMAGES (the International Men and Gender Equality Survey), a pioneering multi-country survey of men’s attitudes and behaviors related to violence, fatherhood, and gender equality, among other themes. He is a member of the UN Secretary General’s Men’s Leaders Network and has been awarded an Ashoka Fellowship and a fellowship from the Open Society Institute. Gary earned a PhD in child and adolescent development from Loyola University in Chicago and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University.

Michael Kaufman

Michael Kaufman is an educator and writer focused on engaging men and boys to promote gender equality and end violence against women. He is the co-founder of the White Ribbon Campaign, the international effort engaging men to end violence against women, and a Senior Fellow at Promundo. Michael is the author or editor of seven books on gender issues, on democracy and development, as well as two novels. His articles have been translated into 15 languages. During the past three decades, he has worked in 45 countries, including extensively with the United Nations, numerous governments, NGOs, and universities. Michael previously taught at York University in Toronto, where he was Deputy Director of the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Margaret Greene

Margaret Green has worked for nearly 20 years on the social and cultural determinants of health, development policy, and gender. She is widely known for her research and advocacy on the conditions faced by girls in poor countries and on engaging men and boys for gender equality. In addition to directing GreeneWorks, a consulting group working to promote social change for health and development, Margaret is Chair of the Board of Promundo and Secretary of the Coalition for Adolescent Girls and the Chair of the Promundo Board of Directors. Margaret has worked extensively to call global attention to child marriage and to highlight its linkages with education, health, and human rights. During the past 10 years, she has co-authored two volumes in the Girls Count series, and has conducted research on adolescent sexual and reproductive health for the World Bank, WHO, and USAID. Margaret received MA and PhD degrees in demography from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in linguistics from Yale University.

Nikki van der Gaag

Nikki van der Gaag is a feminist, writer, activist, and communicator. She is an independent consultant who works on gender in development, with a particular focus on girls and on men and gender equality. She is the author of Feminism and Men (Zed Press, 2014), The No-Nonsense Guide to Women’s Rights (New Internationalist/Verso 2008), and six State of the World’s Girls reports for Plan International, including one on boys and gender equality.

Ruti Levtov

Ruti Levtov is a Program Officer at Promundo. She co-coordinates the MenCare Global Fatherhood Campaign and plays a key role in Promundo’s research initiatives, including the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES). Ruti previously worked with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Maternal and Child Health Policy Research Center, and was a research fellow at the Tata Institute for Social Sciences in Mumbai. She received her MA in international comparative education at Stanford University, and her PhD in public health from the University of Michigan, where her research focused primarily on gender, violence, and schooling.