According to the recently released Editorial in Lancet, although COVID-19 does not discriminate, if we do not carefully consider our response to the pandemic we might do. Research efforts increasingly use a gender lens in order to map, explain and tackle the gender differentiated transmission mechanisms and implications of COVID-19 (World Bank, 2020).
Along such efforts, special emphasis should be given to aspects pertaining to gender equity in parenting and specifically to father engagement in their children’s education, care and upbringing. To date, literature highlights key obstacles and enablers of COVID-19 to gender equity in parenting and increased father engagement.
The pandemic, fathers have spent more time at home, and this has been an opportunity for them to engage more in their children’s education, care and upbringing. Workplace realities have also changed for fathers and mothers alike, with home-based work prevailing. The pandemic and its consequences may contribute, among others, to a redistribution of care and domestic work but what this crisis confirms is that it is necessary to continue working on analyzing the factors which perpetuate gender roles (Belloso, 2020).
Why join this webinar?:
- Learn about the major opportunities and challenges that the crisis caused by COVID-19 pandemic and the measures taken to tackle it pose to different family members.
- Be inspired by the effective and innovative approaches implemented to pursue increased father engagement during the pandemic, in the context of existing and new programs.
- Reflect about the main gaps in knowledge, research, policy and practice as well as about the remaining challenges on increasing father engagement in the short and long term.
- Benefit from lessons learned in pursuing different approaches and mobilizing different actors in order to encourage men to play more active roles in their families.