Don’t be a question mark in your kids’ life

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This past week, the world’s biggest conference concerning gender equality, the health, rights and welfare of females and females in the 21st century took place in Vancouver. 6,000 international leaders, influencers, advocates, academics, activists and reporters met together to push forward progression for females around the globe.

To achieve gender equality in unpaid care, men would have to allot fifty extra minutes each day to childcare and housework, as outlined in the 3rd State of the World’s Fathers report.

Promundo’s exhibition “A Father’s Vision of Fatherhood” included these beautiful pictures of dads and their kids. To learn more about the project and view more photos, check out this link:

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Promundo, co-coordinator of MenCare: A Global Fatherhood Campaign, conducted the report with Unilever, Dove Men+Care in seven nations and Plan International Canada in four nations. Using interviews and surveys of almost 12,000 people, it also features cross-country data analysis from over 30 countries and offers advice to close the unpaid care gap in helping to achieve gender equality. The campaign is active in more than 50 countries.

A survey conducted in seven countries–Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Netherlands, UK and the U.S.–demonstrated that the vast majority of fathers would like to be very involved in the early weeks and months of looking after their newborn or adopted child. Unfortunately, the lack of paid paternity leave, the low uptake of leave even when it is accessible, the restrictive gender norms that place care-taking as a women’s job, and the notion that women are better caregivers than men, together with the lack of financial security and government support for all parents and caregivers, are all preventing them from doing this.

According to Gary Barker, President & CEO of Promundo, there is an urgent need to increase national efforts to ensure that children, parents and families can flourish, and to ensure that men take on at least half of the daily care of children and households. He further emphasized that any lesser action than this will only perpetuate the inequalities that women and girls have to face daily.

A worldwide analysis has urged countries, employers and civil society to make a promise to expedite actions and endorse male involvement in unpaid care work. The report was brought out in combination with the MenCare Commitment, which is intended to create a beneficial atmosphere where men do half of the unpaid care work by the year 2030. The commitment also helps fathers to make their intentions of providing care a reality by doing a minimum of 50 extra minutes of it daily.

No nation on the planet has reached parity in unpaid care labor, or equal pay, between genders. The advancement is remarkably slow. Analyzing the data of time usage discovers that if men would provide at least 50 extra minutes of care daily–and women did 50 minutes less–we could shift the balance toward equality.

At the 2019 Women Deliver Conference, Unilever’s Dove Men+Care and Promundo presented their findings and initiated a global Paternity Leave Corporate Task Force. This alliance, owned and led by members, aspires to identify, support, quicken and spread solutions that are both profitable and socially beneficial, ultimately creating better access and use of paternity leave for all males (Women Deliver is part of the Paternity Leave Corporate Task Force).

Susan Papp, Managing Director of Policy and Advocacy from Women Deliver, pointed out the major disparities in care-giving, with women taking on a larger portion of the unpaid work. She welcomed the State of the World’s Fathers report as a way to push for a more equal world, as it provides the knowledge necessary to create action.

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