Photo of the Day: Swedish Dads on Maternity Leave

How forced equality in child care affects men.

This year the photo project, Swedish Dads, by Johan Bävman featuring dads on maternity leave took first place in a category “Contemporary Issues Stories – 2015” run by National Press Photographers Association (NPPA).

“No other country provides such generous terms of parental leave as Sweden. The current system allows parents to stay at home with their child during 480 days in total – while receiving an allowance from the State. Out of these 480 days, sixty must be taken by the father or else are lost. The purpose of this allocation is to improve gender equality. In order to promote a more equal sharing of parental leave between men and women, a so called equality bonus has also been introduced,” wrote the photographer.


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