On June 9, MenCare will launch the 2017 State of the World’s Fathers: Time for Action report, revealing what has stalled progress toward global gender equality and laying out a bold agenda for men and boys doing fully 50 percent of the world’s unpaid care work.
Findings will be unveiled at the “MenCare Global Meeting 2017,” hosted by Equimundo, Centar E8, and the MenCare Steering Committee in Belgrade, Serbia. The meeting will bring together nearly 100 activists, academics, and practitioners June 8–10 from across 50 countries to share and exchange new findings, lessons learned, and reflections from the field of engaging men as fathers and caregivers for gender equality.
State of the World’s Fathers: Time for Action, produced by Equimundo, draws from nearly 100 research studies and reports, with data from nearly every country where it is available. This 2017 report comes two years after the inaugural State of the World’s Fathers 2015, the world’s first report to provide a global view of the state of men’s contributions to parenting and caregiving.
As much of the world turns to celebrate the role of fathers on June 18, in no country in the world do men’s contributions to unpaid care work equal women’s. Globally, on average, the time women spend daily on caring for the home and children is still three times what men spend; this ranges regionally from about 2.7 times in East Asia and the Pacific to 4.5 times in the Middle East and North Africa, and 6.5 times in South Asia. Women consistently do more unpaid work – including caring for others and domestic work – and paid work, combined, than men do. At the current rate of global progress, it will take an estimated 75 years for women and men to achieve equal pay for equal work. Reaching equal representation in government, business, and other spheres of power could take even longer. The time for action is now.
To read the report on Friday, June 9, 2017, visit sowf.men-care.org.