The MenCare 50/50 Commitment

Committing to a fair redistribution of care work

Make the commitment to accelerate men’s uptake of half of the unpaid care work, starting with a personal commitment to a fairer contribution of daily care work by all men.

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.

Led by women’s research and activism, there is growing attention to unpaid care work and its role in driving inequality. The time has come for governments, employers, civil society, and men themselves to make commitments to accelerate toward equality.

Research finds that men want to be more involved in the daily care of children, but the gender gap on unpaid care has shrunk by only seven minutes in the past several decades.

To reach 50 percent of the unpaid care work, time use data analysis finds that men would need to increase their time spent by at least 50 minutes a day.

50 more minutes for men, 50 fewer minutes for women. This is just a first step toward equality.

To reach full equality on care, we must set national goals of achieving equality in care work, measure who does the care, and

50 more minutes for men, 50 fewer minutes for women. This is just a first step toward equality. The individual commitment can only happen within the enabling environments of supportive workplaces, and progressive policies. We are asking all institutions across sectors to commit to put in place the changes in policies, attitudes and behaviors that lead to care being valued and shared equally, and to motivate men to do a fair and equitable share of the unpaid care work by 2050.

Find out more about:

The MenCare 50/50 Commitment for Employers

The MenCare 50/50 Commitment for Government Departments