State of the World’s Fathers

State of the World’s Fathers is the world’s only report to provide a global view of the state of men’s contributions to parenting and caregiving.

Caregiving and unpaid care work are at the heart of any discussion of the state of the world’s fathers, and at the heart of gender ... inequality. For all the attention paid to unpaid care work, however, in no country in the world do men’s contributions to unpaid care work equal women’s. The evidence is clearer than ever that equal care is key to thriving families and societies – and that it is time for action. The inaugural

How fathers change lives for the better

About 80% of the world’s men and boys will become fathers in their lifetime. Their actions throughout their children’s lives can have profound effects for the good.


Participation in maternal health

When dads are there, babies and mothers are healthier


Long-lasting impact of paternity leave

Fathers who take leave are more involved in early infant care

Children & Adolescents

Fathers' presence and child wellbeing

Father involvement is linked to happier, healthier children


Equality at home, through the ages

Sons in homes that share domestic work do the same with their families

The hidden value of care work

There is no country in the world where men and boys share the unpaid domestic and care work equally with women and girls.

If women participated in the labor market at the same rates as men, it would increase GDP in the USA by 5%, in Japan by 9%, in the UAE by 12%, and in Egypt by 34%.

Women still earn between 10% and 30% less than men according to a study examining 83 countries.

Globally, women and girls spend 2 to 10 times more time on unpaid care work than men and boys do.

Women make up 40% of the global formal workforce, and represent 50% of the world’s food producers.

The cycle of violence

When children experience or witness violence, they are much more likely to perpetrate violence themselves as adults

Men who witness or experience violence as children are about 2.5 times as likely to perpetrate violence against partners later in life.

Between 133 and 275 million children per year are witnessing different forms of violence in their homes.

One in three women around the world experiences violence from a male partner.

Three out of four children ages 2-14 experience violent discipline in the home in low- and middle-income countries.