Follow us on:
Search the Knowledge Hub

State of the Worlds Fathers 2019: Unlocking the Power of Men’s Care



Global Other Countries Other Regions Asia Pacific Vietnam The Philippines Indonesia


Influencing Gender Norms

Gender norms Social norms Unpaid care work Unpaid domestic work

State of the Worlds Fathers 2019: Unlocking the Power of Men’s Care

State of the Worlds Fathers 2019: Unlocking the Power of Men’s Care

The State of the World’s Fathers: Unlocking the Power of Men’s care report, produced by Promundo, is a biennial report and advocacy platform aiming to change power structures, policies, and social norms around care work and to advance gender equality.

The third State of the World’s Fathers report reveals new research on men’s caregiving from 11 countries, with additional cross-country analysis of data from over 30 countries. It calls for men’s uptake of their full share of the world’s childcare and domestic work – across all societies and relationships – to advance gender equality. This report focuses specifically on men, and on men who are fathers and caregivers, because this is still an area where huge shifts are needed.


  • Globally, women spend significantly more time than men – sometimes up to ten times as much – on unpaid care and domestic work.
  • Worldwide, there remains a widespread expectation that caring is women’s work, and men’s role as breadwinners should largely exempt them from any household chores or work that includes providing care.
  • Change in terms of who does the daily care work in our homes is needed, and urgently, if we want a significant shift in power relations between women and men and to bring about gender equality.
  • In the past few years, the world has begun to wake up to the importance of unpaid care work.
  • Greater involvement by men in daily care work brings benefits for everyone.
  • Changes are needed across five key areas in laws and policies, in social and gender norms, with families, couples, and individual men themselves.


  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
    • Why a Report on Fathers?
    • Putting Care into Action
  • Five Keys to Unlocking the Multiplying Power of Men’s Caregiving
    • Key 1: Improve Laws and Policies
    • Key 2: Transform social and gender norms
    • Key 3: Guarantee the Economic and Physical Security of Families
    • Key 4: Help Couples and Co-parents Thrive Together
    • Key 5: Put Individual Fathers’ Care into Action
  • Conclusion: A Call to Action

Source: Promundo

to top
Investing in Women