Program “EU 4 Gender Equality: Together Against Gender Stereotypes and Gender-Based Violence”

About of project:

Period: 2020-2023

Budget: Total budget in Belarus €494,730, out of which the EU contribution - €467,942

Implementing Agency: United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Area: The whole Belarus: Minsk, Maladziečna, Orša, Hrodna, Brest, Baranavičy, Barysaŭ.


In Belarus, the main burden of childcare and household chores are in women’s duty: for example, a mother spends 3 times more time with a child than a father. Men are much less involved in childcare and upbringing, as well as in housework. Often there are also ideas about the existence of “male” and “female” domestic work, that women are abler to take care of small children. In fact, today only 1-2% of fathers take paternity leave at the birth of a child or social leave to take care for a child under three years old. These and many other examples indicate the existence of gender stereotypes, and these social perceptions, among other things, affect the lifestyle of partners (spouses), the development of children and the quality of life of families, in general.
Goal and objectives:This program operates in six countries of the Eastern Partnership, including Belarus.The activities of the program are aimed at:

- rethinking and reducing the negative impact of gender stereotypes on the quality of life of men and women, children and society as a whole;
- prevention of gender-based violence against women;
- greater involvement of men in childcare and domestic activities;
- increasing the loyalty of employers to parents with children

Intermediate outcomes: As a result of the program implementation:

- the topic of involved paternity, which is new for Belarus, are researched and recommendations for various areas on how the topic can and should be popularized are developed;
- supporting materials to promote the theme of involved fatherhood (collections of materials) are developed;
- information (digital) campaigns for parents, in particular for fathers, are conducted;
- programs for fathers (daddy schools, fathers’ club, etc., including for fathers raising children with disabilities) are implemented;
- a series of educational events for employers who want to include additional events for employees and employees with children in their corporate policies are developed and implemented;
- other activities are conducted.

Contacts: UNFPA in Belarus, Phone: +375 17 327-45-27, e-mail:


Fathers’ stories (in Russian)

Survey on the role of fathers in Belarusian families

The concept of “Involved fatherhood in Belarus: current situation and the concept of promotion”

Survey “Changes in life style as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in Belarus” (in Russian)