Make the commitment to accelerate men’s uptake of 50 percent of the unpaid care work, starting with 50 minutes more care work per day.
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.
Gender norms and a lack of supportive government and workplace policies hold both women and men back. Governments and employers have a role in creating laws and policies that support all parents, caregivers, and families, in all of 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 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 track progress toward equality.
The MenCare Commitment for Governments was launched at the Women Deliver Conference in June, 2019 – the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the heath, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women. The MenCare Commitment calls for a bold commitment to unlock the power of care. The commitment includes taking action on the following five issues:
- Equal, fully paid, non-transferable parental leave for all parents, as a supplement to maternity leave, not an alternative.
- State-supported, high-quality childcare that facilitates the full participation in economic activities for both parents and provides young children with gender equality education.
- Policies in the health sector to engage men in prenatal visits, childbirth, postnatal care, and father-specific parent training to build men’s skills, confidence, and competence and to promote shared decision-making and good communication.
- 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.
- 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.
Join us in advocating to secure at least 50 government sign-ons to the MenCare Commitment. We are also asking employers and civil society 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 an equitable share of the unpaid care work by 2030.
The MenCare Commitment is coordinated by Promundo, on behalf of the MenCare Campaign. It is being driven with support from Women Deliver as part of the global advocacy organization’s ongoing efforts to champion gender equality and the health and rights of girls and women.
To learn more or to sign-on to the MenCare Commitment, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org