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Why Fathers’ Care Matters: Enabling Gender Equity in Care and Work

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Why Fathers’ Care Matters: Enabling Gender Equity in Care and Work

Fathers’ participation in caring for young children provides life-long opportunities for fathers, their partners and children. However, there continue to be entrenched social and structural barriers to fathers’ equal participation in care (e.g. only 2% of Australian fathers access government paid parental leave as a primary carer).

The goal of this forum is to share our knowledge of why fathers’ care matters and what barriers limit fathers in combining work and care. We welcome input from policy makers, industry experts, researchers, and the general community to generate a range of possible solutions.

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Industry and Policy panel discussion:

* Emma Walsh, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Parents at Work, will lead an industry and policy panel discussion. Emma established Parents at Work to support mums, dads and their organisations to better manage the challenges of juggling work and family life. Panellists include representatives from Westpac, the Workplace Gender Equity Agency (WGEA), Deloitte, and the Department of Social Services.


Fathers' Perspectives panel discussion:

* Dr Amanda Cooklin (La Trobe University) and Dr Liana Leach (The ANU) will lead a discussion with fathers about the challenges they face combining work and care. We look forward to hearing from Thomas Docking (founder of Dads Groups) and Robert Sturrock (guest writer Women's Agenda).


Other guest speakers:

* Dr Jennifer Baxter - Dr Baxter is a demographer and social researcher at The Australian Institute of Family Studies. Her research focuses on work-family spillover, fathering, children's time use and parental time with children.

* Associate Professor Richard Fletcher - A/Professor Fletcher leads the Fathers and Families Research Program at the University of Newcastle. The FFRP team focus on research and teaching around fathers, particularly fathers of young children.

* Professor Lyndall Strazdins - Professor Strazdins is an ARC Future Fellow at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, at the ANU. She is a leader in understanding the pressures on families to combine work with caring.

* Professor Jan Nicholson - Professor Nicholson was the Inaugural Roberta Holmes Professor (La Trobe University) and leads research on the transition to parenthood in contemporary society.



Registrations are essential as places are limited

Any enquiries about the forum can be directed to: Dr Lou Farrer

E-mail: louise.farrer@anu.edu.au

Phone: (02) 6125 8859


Parking information for University House can be found here: http://unihouse.anu.edu.au/about/contact-2/


This event is sponsored by The ANU Gender Institute and the Judith Lumley Centre at La Trobe University.

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