This is the first report about fatherhood around the world which is represented together with available data and studies from all countries. The report emphasizes the pivotal role of fatherhood in households in increasing women's empowerment and gender equality, as well as its contribution to changing of existing power relations in any society. It also claims that there is a need for change towards the attitude of fatherhood and its importance in order to improve children wellbeing, reduce violence and their exploitation.
The key findings of the report:
- Involved fatherhood helps children thrive;
- Involved fatherhood allows women and girls to achieve their full potential – now and in future generations;
- Involved fatherhood makes men happier and healthier;
- Men’s involvement in caregiving is increasing in some parts of the world, but nowhere does it equal that of women;
- Fathers want to spend more time with their children;
- Men’s participation and support are urgently needed to ensure that all children are wanted children;
- Engaging men – in ways that women want – early on in pre-natal visits, in childbirth, and immediately after the birth of a child can bring lasting benefits;
- Promoting fathers’ involvement must include efforts to interrupt the cycle of violence;
- Children, women, and men benefit when fathers take parental leave;
- Men’s greater involvement in care work also brings economic benefits.
Recommendations for changing the State of the World's Fathers:
- Create national and international action plans to promote involved, non-violent fatherhood and men’s and boys’ equal sharing of unpaid care work;
- Take these action plans and policies into public systems and institutions to enable and promote men’s equal participation in parenting and caregiving;
- Institute and implement equal, paid, and non-transferrable parental leave policies in both public and private sectors, as well as other policies that allow women’s equal participation in the labor force and men’s equal participation in unpaid care work;
- Gather and analyze data on men’s involvement as fathers and caregivers and generate new evidence from programs and policies;
- Achieve a radical transformation in the distribution of care work through programs with men and boys, as well as with women and girls, that challenge social norms and promote their positive involvement in the lives of children;
- Recognize the diversity of men’s caregiving and support it in all of its forms.