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Study participants wanted on the topic of "Economic Self-Reliance"

The project "Economic Equality from a Subjective Perspective" of the CeRRI (Frauenhofer IAO) aims to find starting points for the sustainable strengthening of economic independence. On the basis of the findings gathered in the project, gender equality policy measures are to be further developed.

In workshops, study participants are to share their experiences, perspectives and wishes with regard to economic independence. For this, concerning the period between December 2023 and January 2024, particularly men, fathers and single parents from Baden-Württemberg are still being sought. Participation is compensated with up to 150 euros. More information about the project can be found here.

Book recommendation: Fathers on parental leave

In her book, Stefanie Aunkofer analyzes paternal parental leave in regards to recognition of care work and employment. She notes that employment remains the source of recognition. A fundamental change in the relationship between gender and recognition is necessary for actual equality. The book is available for free download here.

Caring Masculinities – Is Care Work Not for Men?

According to the 2023 Fathers' Report, only one in five fathers is equally involved in childcare. A new study now explores the historical and structural reasons for men's low participation in care work and counters this with the concept of "caring masculinities". Click here to read the brochure of the study.

Fact sheet "Fathers and compatibility"

The expectations towards fatherhood are shifting. This fact sheet of the corporate program "Erfolgsfaktor Familie" presents 10 figures in order to illustrate the current situation of fathers, families and compatibility.

Documentation of the discussion on father-friendly corporate culture

Many fathers would prefer working less overtime and increasingly strive for part-time models. How can companies facilitate father-friendly solutions? The conditions for a father-friendly corporate culture were discussed at the event of the company network "Erfolgsfaktor Familie" on June 14th, 2023. The video of the event can be found here.

Documentation of the online technical discussion "Men's Politics: Caring Masculinities"

On June 7th, 2021, the “Bundesforum Männer” organized an online technical discussion on the subject of “Men's politics: Caring masculinities as a challenge for gender equal opportunities”. The focus of the discussion was the topic of “(Caring)people”. The documentation of the event with a video recording can be found on the portal "Bundesforum Männer" can be called.

Brochure and suggestions for action for men: "Gleichstellung auch Männersache!"

The brochure “Gleichstellung auch Männersache!” was created as part of the event “The Man as Feminist !?” (2018), which discussed how men can contribute to a gender-equitable society. The brochure is intended to give men impulses for action on how they can work for gender equality and benefit from it. More information on the collective “Together for equality” can be found in the brochure “Gleichstellung auch Männersache!”.

Paternity leave has been reserved

In November 2020, the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth issued a dossier on partnership-based gender equality policy. The dossier includes various goals and targets, e.g. the introduction of an additional paternity leave of 10 days immediately after birth. Die WELT reports that the Federal Ministry has now made the decision against such an additional paternity leave. This decision is also assessed by the Federal Forum for Men

Quality standards for guarding men

The Federal Expert and Coordination Office for the Protection of Men against Violence has released quality standards for guarding men. Countrywide, violence protection offices should work standardized in order to offer men facing domestic violence the best support as possible. The quality standards can be found here.  

New arrangements for fathers and nursing employees

To improve the reconcilability of family and working life of men and women, new Europe-wide arrangements were concluded in January 2019. Fathers will be able to apply for a paternity leave after birth with a minimum of 10 days that will be payed amounting to the sickness benefit.

Furthermore, nursing employees will have the opportunity to apply for a carers leave of 5 days / year.
Moreover, parental leave will be increased to 4 months for each parent, 2 months will not be transferable and will be paid. 
Here you can read more about the new arrangements.

New studies according health of men

In these recent studies of the World Health Organisation (WHO) one can read about results and backgrounds of the difference in life expectancy between men and women. At the end of the article, you will also find so called „key actions“ that suggest institutional changes to improve the health of men and women in the future.
The current
 report „Who Self-Cares, Wins“ of the Global Action on Men’s Health (GAMH) puts men and selfcare- as a global topic- in focus and clarifies recent results and backgrounds.

Podcast "Drei Väter"

In this Podcast, the journalists Markus Dichmann, Jonas Leppin und Axel Rahmlow talk about parental topics like parental leave, childcare and more. Here you can listen to one of their episodes.

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Unlike mothers fathers rarely take advantage of the possibilities they have to combine job and family. They have got the impression, that their employer doesn't like if they take a time out for their family, that our society doesn't welcome fathers taking care of their children or that it is impossible to be occupationally successful and a caring father. Nevertheless you have a right to take a time out to care for your children (Elternzeit). Find more information here.

Equality policy for boys and men in Germany

The Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth has published a dossier on gender equal opportunities policy based on partnership. In this dossier, special attention is paid to equality policy for boys and men in Germany. It highlights how boys and men are reached and mobilized as addressees and beneficiaries of this gender equality policy and provides an overview of the current state of research and developments. It illustrates current and future challenges for an actively lived partnership in modern society and opens up new perspectives and horizons.