International Women’s Day: How Dads Impact Gender Equality


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This event, delivered in partnership by Fathers Network Scotland and Business in the Community, will be an opportunity to examine the current evidence and thinking around parental leave and how it can lead to greater gender equality at home and at work.

It will be chaired by BITC’s Scotland Director, Alan Thornburrow, and Kaammini Chanrai, Gender Research and Policy Manager at Business in the Community and one of the authors of BITC’s 2018’s Equal Lives report, in partnership with Santander UK, will be discussing the Scotland findings. The research highlights the key barriers preventing men from caring more and the enablers which may support them.

We are delighted to be able to welcome a number of international experts on leave policy including:

  • Peter Moss, Emeritus Professor of Early Childhood Provision at UCL institute of Education, University College London, and co-founder of the International Network on Leave Policies and Research
  • Ann-Zofie Duvanderis, Professor of Demography at the Department of Sociology at Stockholm University and one of the coordinators of International Network on Leave Policies and Research
  • Alison Koslowski, Professor of Social Policy and Research Methods at the University of Edinburgh, and co-editor of the annual International Review on Leave Policies and Related Research.

You will also hear about BITC Gender Campaign member AVIVA's progressive HR policy and gain insight into its impact on both employer and employee. Finally Fulton MacGregor MSP, who has been championing a more generous paid paternity leave provision within the Scottish Parliament, will provide the closing remarks.

This event is open to partners of the Gender campaign, please use this link to register your attendance and view the full agenda.