This Father’s Day, celebrate by taking action!
June 18, 2017
On Father’s Day, we’re celebrating fathers who stand for equality and know the value of care.
What happens when fathers step up to share the care? This Father’s Day, take 3 minutes to see how involved fatherhood can improve the lives of children, women, and men in MenCare’s new film, Join the Movement. The film accompanies MenCare’s State of the World’s Fathers: Time for Action 2017 report, which lays out a bold agenda for men’s equal participation in unpaid care work – a vital step toward achieving gender equality.
Globally, on average, the time women spend daily on caring for the home and children is still three times what men spend. The second-ever State of the World’s Fathers report – produced by Promundo for MenCare: A Global Fatherhood Campaign – draws from nearly 100 research studies and reports, with data from nearly every country where it is available. State of the World’s Fathers 2017 offers an analysis of men’s caregiving, and calls for a global goal and national action plans for men and boys doing fully 50 percent of the world’s unpaid care work.
Findings from the report indicate that many men do want to be more involved in care work. Even in certain countries where men’s involvement in care work is limited, half or more of men surveyed said that they spent too little time with their children because of their job.
The report reveals what has impeded progress toward equality: gender norms that stereotype caregiving as “women’s work,” inequitable and inflexible economic and workplace realities, and laws and policies that discourage men from taking equal part in care work. State of the World’s Fathers 2017 highlights specific recommendations for action and practical steps for change.
To read the full report, visit sowf.men-care.org.