Workplaces should promote and enable men to take on childcare responsibilities.
As Ruth Bader Ginsburg demonstrated in the 1970s, gender discrimination is harmful to both men and women. Conflicts experienced by parents seeking to balance work and family duties affect both men and women, but often differently. While women are expected to utilise benefits such as maternity leave and to make changes to their work schedule to meet the needs of their family, organizations can be less forgiving of men who do so. However, social and institutional changes must be made for men to fully participate in childcare activities and lessen the burden on their partners. As such, our toolkit has highlighted best practices in organizational approaches to paternity leave to assist global development institutions in updating their policies:
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