Progress towards gender equality can only improve when we treat dads as an integral part of the solution. It shouldn’t have taken a pandemic to prove that it’s possible for many dads to work remotely and flexibly, creating better balance, relationship harmony and mental health outcomes. Covid-19 has heightened a desire that many men have always had to be active and involved fathers, committed to both family and work, but not wanting to have to choose between them!
Focusing solely on maternity support entrenches traditional stereotypes around ‘breadwinner’ and ‘caring’ responsibilities, creating a two-tier system that restricts individual and family choice.
The transition to fatherhood can be abrupt, highly stressful and daunting for many men, but with the right support we can use paternity as a springboard to greater equality at home and at work, creating benefits for businesses and families alike.
If we see caring for children as only a mum’s job then it will always remain a mum’s job with a knock-on detrimental impact on equality of opportunity for all.
After this session, you will be able to:
Understand the pressure, stress and wellbeing challenges that new dads face.
Talk about why helping dads balance work and fatherhood is a route to gender equality.
Implement steps to support dads and improve gender equality in 2021 and beyond.
Meet our speaker, Ian Dinwiddy:
Ian Dinwiddy is the founder of Inspiring Dads, a coaching business that helps stressed dads balance work and fatherhood.
He has a background in management consultancy and two extended spells as a stay-at-home dad. He co-hosts the Lockdown Dads Podcast and is a regular commentator on how supporting working dads is a route to gender equality. helping men to solve the important question:
How to be a great dad, without sacrificing a great career