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Kate Jongbloed

Dad Tangy Ahossi teaches at a school in Benin, and at home, too. Here he’s helping his daughter learn to read.

Kate Jongbloed

Dad Tangy Ahossi teaches at a school in Benin, and at home, too. Here he's helping his daughter learn to read.

Children follow the examples set in the home. When fathers are involved with the family and household chores, boys grow up to be more supportive and girls grow up to play a more active role. They realize that success can only be obtained through partnerships and sharing work. Education of boys and girls is an important step towards gender parity.

The 2011 Plan Because I Am A Girl report highlights the important role of men and boys in achieving equality and respect between genders with recommendations on how to implement changes that not only improve the status of girls, but that of the entire society.