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British dads ‘get thin end of wedge’

A new study has found that British dads are some of the most unfairly-treated fathers in the world.

The Family Fairness Index, published last week by UK fatherhood think-tank The Fatherhood Institute, showed that when it comes to league tables of how parents are treated by their respective governments, British dads languish in the relegation zone.

On the other hand, the Swedes, Finns and Danes dominate the Champions League qualification spots.

The index reveals the differing abilities of 21 countries to support equal parenting, by using data from an international think tank to rank 21 countries on a set of 10 ‘family fairness’ indicators.

These include: parental leave, the ratio of men’s to women’s time spent caring for children, the proportion of women in management roles, the percentage of men in the part-time workforce and the amount of time spent by men and women doing unpaid domestic work.

The resulting findings show that, despite the coalition Government stating its intention to make Britain the ‘most family-friendly country in Europe’, Blighty ranks a fairly abysmal 18th.
We lag behind behind everyone except Japan, Austria and Switzerland.

For the full libido-suppressing story, click the link below:

http://www.fatherhoodinstitute.org/2010/uk-lags-behind-in-new-family-fairness-league-table/

The standout stat for me is that in Sweden men get a maximum of 40 weeks full-time equivalent paid leave following the birth of a child.

In the UK, it’s two days. So, while our wives/ girlfriends/ partners can very legitimately change gears once they have a family, us blokes simply can’t. Unless we’re Swedish. What a load of skitsnack¹.

¹ http://translate.google.com/#en|sv|bollocks

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