State of the World’s Fathers: Time for Action 2017 (Executive Summary)


Date of publication:  09 Jun 2017 Author:  Brian Heilman Ruti Levtov Nikki van der Gaag Alexa Hassink Gary Barker Publisher:  MenCare Publication type:  Report / Study / Data

This document is the executive summary of the report titled State of the World's Fathers: Time for Action that examines the unequal distribution of unpaid care work.

The summary provides a brief overview of the four main priorities to tackle unequal distribution of unpaid care work that were mentioned in the report. These four main priorities are:

  1. Paid leave needs to be "guaranteed for all caregivers, of all genders, in equal duration, adequate paid and non-transferable". This is essential to enable a transformation of the norms of men's caregiving and to move towards gender equality.
  2. Societal and gender norms that perpetuate girls and women as caregivers and boys and men as breadwinners have a long history, and are systemically embedded within the labour market and within laws and policies. This needs to change to ensure that people of all genders are able to undertake and are supported in both the roles of caregivers and financial providers.
  3. To achieve equality in caregiving, it is necessary to address and ensure that wages are fair, that working conditions improve, and that healthcare is subsidised and income support available for those who need it. Without addressing these underlying issues of economic hardship, it will be difficult to reach equality within unpaid care work.
  4. Positive results have been demonstrated through men's participation in activities and programmes which aim to provide parental training. To further increase these positive results, such training should be implemented on a larger scale.

The summary document also provides the action plan of specific priority areas which should be addressed to move towards equal distribution of unpaid care work, and hence, towards greater gender inequality.

To read the full report, please click here.

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