Special thanks to Michael Kaufman, Jane Kato-Wallace, Dean Peacock, Nikki Van Der Gaag, Wessel Van Den Berg, Niobe Way and all the co-authors of the IMAGES and the Men Who Care studies for their various contributions to ideas presented here.
DEVELOPMENT POLICY AND MEN AND BOYS
A Radical Agenda for Men's Caregiving
Article first published online: 6 JAN 2014
© 2014 The Author. IDS Bulletin © 2014 Institute of Development Studies
Special Issue: Undressing Patriarchy: Men and Structural Violence by Editors Jerker Edström, Abhijit Das and Chris Dolan
Volume 45, Issue 1, pages 85–90, January 2014
How to Cite
Barker, G. (2014), A Radical Agenda for Men's Caregiving. IDS Bulletin, 45: 85–90. doi: 10.1111/1759-5436.12072
- Issue published online: 6 JAN 2014
- Article first published online: 6 JAN 2014
The gender equality agenda has long discussed the unequal burden of care work for women and girls. But this debate has seldom focused on how to create the conditions necessary for men and boys to do more care work and be part of a global effort to value care work, regardless of who carries it out. In this analysis of global data and trends, the author argues for a radical shifting of the conversation to understand the resistance to men's care work, the benefits to men of greater participation in care work, and provides a set of policy recommendations for how to promote this change. The article also argues that the benefits of men's caregiving may be the impetus to move from a limited and zero-sum notion of the ‘patriarchal dividend’ to a ‘gender equality dividend’ with benefits for women, children and men themselves.