According to the 2019 State of Fatherhood in the World report, 85% of fathers say they would do anything to get very involved in caring for a new child, but they are still taking on far less responsibility than mothers
June 5, 2019
On June 5, Promundo launched the 2019 State of Fatherhood in the World report, presenting new data from more than 40 countries and recommendations to close the unpaid care gap.
The third report on the Status of Fatherhood in the World was released today at presentations in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.
The Status of Fatherhood in the World report is produced by Promundo, co-coordinator of MenCare: A global fatherhood campaign. The report reveals new research findings conducted with Unilever’s Dove Men + Care in seven countries and Plan International Canada in four countries – from interviews and questionnaires conducted with some 12,000 people. Status of Parenthood in the World 2019 also includes an analysis of data from the International Survey on Men and Gender Equity among more than 30 countries and provides recommendations to close the gap in unpaid care in support of the promotion of gender equity.
New research in seven countries – Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the USA – shows that 85% of parents say they would do anything to get very involved in the first weeks and months of caring for their / their newborn born or adopted daughter. So, what is preventing this?
The report identifies three major barriers:
Lack of adequate and paid paternity leave and low use of leave when available;
Restrictive gender norms that position care as the responsibility of women, together with the perception that women are more competent caregivers than men;
Lack of economic security and government support for all mothers, fathers and caregivers.