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Panel discussion: Restoring Faith in Fatherhood


Monday, 22nd of June, 2PM    

Father’s Day is an important international marking day celebrated every year. This year it will be celebrated on the 21st of June in Kenya. 

Celebrating Father’s Day is an important celebration because it creates equality as it highlights the importance of having a father figure in children’s lives. Researching fathers’ effects on children’s development has expanded over the past decades, from seeing the father as merely a provider to seeing him as equally important for a child’s development as the mother’s involvement. When a child grows up with an involved father or a father figure, the child is more likely to do good in school, engage better socially and have a higher level of well-being. Having two parents or parental figures also gives a child more attention. Studies actually show that children with absent fathers have a higher risk of developing depression and also abuse substances (Behson and Robbins, 2016). Overall, when children grow up having a father or a father figure present, they will develop into more functioning human beings that will contribute more positively to society. This also applies to fathers themselves. When father’s involve themselves in their children’s upbringing, they tend to be happier and healthier. These men also tend to involve themselves more in societal development (McMunn et al., 2017). This goes to show that when father’s involve themselves, their effort benefits the community development.

Celebrating Father’s Day this year is especially important. The COVID-19 pandemic has given a rise in sexual and gender based violence (SGBV). Research shows that children that grow up with a father figure in their life are more likely to become a better husband and father themselves (Allen and Daly, 2002). Fathers have an incredibly important role, which is why their efforts are being celebrated as an annual marking day.


The main objective of the panel discussion is to create a safe space where fathers can discuss their perspectives on fatherhood. By inviting fathers of different generations it will give the discussion an intergenerational focus as well. 

We invite all of you to join us for this discussion on zoom by registering on this link or clicking on the button below. 

The panel discussion will take place on 22nd June from 14:00hrs East African Time. See you there.

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