Laki-Laki Peduli, translated as ‘men that care’, works to reshape common concepts of masculinity in Indonesia. Even in the country’s booming urban areas, studies show that traditional ‘male breadwinner‘ ideals continue to dominate both men and women’s thinking.
Laki Laki Peduli aims to inspire men, from all backgrounds, to become more involved fathers, more invested partners, and to embrace the empowerment of the women and girls in their lives. With programmes on domestic violence, child rearing and mutual respect in marriage, as well as pre-marital relationships, men are challenged to change negative cultural norms. A specific programme teaches teenage boys to be Jagoan Yang, positive role models or heroes.
These programmes help men move beyond old legacies, become active partners, raise daughters and sons equally, and transform their communities. The project is a subsidiary of MenCare, a global fatherhood campaign now active in over 25 countries across five continents.
Siska Noya, Program Manager