News & events



13 October 2015
12:00 - 14:00

Date:    13 October 2015
Time:    12:00  – 14:00
Venue:    VCRs, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban


Andre Lewaks – National MenCare Coordinator, Sonke Gender Justice
Ingrid Lynch – Postdoctoral Fellow, Human & Social Development, HSRC
Tawanda Makusha –  Senior Research Specialist, Human & Social Development, HSRC
Tracy Morison – Senior Research Specialist, Human & Social Development, HSRC
Vasu Reddy – Dean of Humanities, University of Pretoria

The HSRC has been a pioneer in fatherhood research in South Africa, notably with the ground-breaking Fatherhood Study which produced the landmark book Baba: Men and Fatherhood in South Africa (Richter & Morrell, eds, 2006). Other contributions to the HSRC community of practice around fatherhood include Teenage Tata: Voices of Young Fathers in South Africa (Swartz & Bhana, 2009); and, more recently, Men’s Pathways to Parenthood: Silence and Gender Norms (Morison & Macleod, 2015).

A decade after the Fatherhood Project and publication of Baba, there are continued debates around fathers. Recent topical issues include: paternity leave, men’s involvement in childcare, and increasing family diversity in the country. 
In this seminar, we engage key experts in order to:

  •  consider the current status of policy and practice around South African fatherhood, with inputs from Sonke Gender Justice
  • assess the state of research and map out future research priorities
  • present the findings of a ground-breaking study on a new avenue of research – gay men and fatherhood – conducted by a team from the Human and Social Development programme and funded by the Ford Foundation.

The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of DST.

The seminar may be attended in Pretoria, Cape Town or Durban

Kindly RSVP by 12 October 2015

Cape Town : HSRC, 12th Floor, Plein Park Building (Opposite Revenue Office), Plein Street, Cape Town. Contact Carmen August, Tel (021) 466 7827, Fax (021) 461 0299, or
Durban :  First floor HSRC board room, 750 Francois Road, Ntuthuko Junction, Pods 5 and 6, Cato Manor, Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400,     cell: 083 788 2786 or
Pretoria : HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail: