We took the MenCare 50/50 Commitment
The time has come for all of us – governments, employers, and men themselves – to care about equal care. We’re committed to a fair redistribution of care work.
We took the MenCare 50/50 Commitment
Erfaan Hussein Babak
José Miguel Campi-Portaluppi
Jose Yamil Montañez Agosto
Mohammad Moosa Azmi
Molefe Coper Joseph
Wessel van den Berg
About the Commitments
50/50 Commitment for Fathers and Male Caregivers
- Take on more care work each day.
- Talk through and agreeing on my fair share of care work with other caregivers in my household.
- Take on routine, or difficult care work usually done by women.
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About the 50/50 Commitment for Fathers and Male Caregivers
Globally, women spend significantly more time than men – sometimes up to ten times as much – on unpaid care, volunteer, and domestic work. Women also do more paid and unpaid work combined. This disparity lies at the heart of gender inequality; and it holds back women, families, communities, countries, and the world. We can change this.
To achieve fair and equitable distribution of unpaid care work in the home, men would need to increase their time spent by at least 50 minutes a day. Fifty more minutes for men, 50 fewer minutes for women. This is just a first step toward equality.
Many people are committed to fairness, but may not have the opportunity to do 50 minutes of unpaid care work. You don’t have to pick that one, but you also make one of the other MenCare 50/50 Commitments for Fathers and Male Caregivers.
Employer 50/50 Commitments
Employers can make one or more of the following commitments:
- Take steps towards equal, paid, non-transferable parental leave for all parents.
- Implement family-friendly workplace policies such as care days, remote working, flextime, childcare, or breastfeeding facilities.
- Implement educational programs for men in the workplace.
- Promote care equality in internal company communications and on public-facing channels including social media and on the website.
- Track indicators on care equality to company surveys and reports.
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About the MenCare 50/50 Commitment for Employers
Coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an urgent, global demand for more inclusive work environments that support gender equality and care equity. Smart employers in the public and private sectors are capitalizing on this demand to innovate the workplace and meet the moment on caregiving.
Creating a respectful, equal workplace is not only the smart thing to do, it’s also the right thing to do. The research is clear: inclusive, supportive workplaces result in increased employee satisfaction, productivity, and sustainable growth. Comprehensive data-informed workplace strategies like the MenCare 50/50 Commitment for employers resonate with boards, constituents, investors, and customers, and can increase your organization’s impact.
- Establishing equal, fully paid, non-transferable parental leave for all parents, in addition to maternity leave and care days.
- Providing state-supported, high-quality childcare that facilitates the full participation in economic activities for all working parents and caregivers.
- Transforming health sector institutions to promote fathers’ involvement from the prenatal period through birth and childhood and men’s involvement as caregivers.
- Establishing national care policies and campaigns that recognize, reduce, and redistribute care work equally between men and women.
- Expanding social protection programs to redistribute care equally between women and men who are unemployed or working in the informal economy, while keeping a focus on the needs and rights of women and girls.
- Holding male political leaders accountable for their support of care policies, while advocating for women’s equality in political leadership.
- Collecting regular data on time use in unpaid care work and how it is divided between women and men, girls and boys and use it to measure progress toward equality, inform policy-making and budgeting decisions.
- Integrating strategies to actively engage fathers and male caregivers in key services and programs directed to families seeking to promote children and adolescent development that reach large sectors of the population.
- Implementing comprehensive communications campaigns and school-based approaches to promote young men’s involvement in care work, prevent gender-based violence, teach the value of care to both boys and girls, and promote equitable, nonviolent, caring relationships.
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About Government Commitments
The MenCare 50/50 Commitment for Governments calls for a bold commitment to unlock the power of care.
Gender norms and a lack of supportive government policies hold both women and men back. Governments have a responsibility to create laws and policies that support all parents, caregivers, and families, in all their diversity, to thrive – from affordable childcare to living wages, social support to affordable education, and equal, fully paid, non-transferable parental leave. They also have a responsibility to set this crucial standard on care work, and to ensure that it is valued and shared equally.
To reach full gender equality in care work, we must set institutional goals of achieving equality in care work, measure who does the care, and track progress toward equality.