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Panel Discussion & Grand Opening Reception

  • House of Sweden 2900 K Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20007 United States (map)

Please join us as we discuss gender equality, parental leave and men as caregivers, followed by an exclusive viewing of the worldwide critically acclaimed photo exhibition Swedish Dads by award winning Swedish photographer Johan Bävman.

Dean Peacock, Senior Advisor for Global Advocacy, Promundo. Promundo works to promote gender equality by engaging men and boys in partnership with women and girls. MenCare is a global campaign to promote men’s and boys’ involvement as equitable, nonviolent caregivers. Dean Peacock is also the co-founder and former co-chair of MenEngage Alliance and has been published widely on gender equality in major news outlets and academic journals. Dean currently serves on the jury for the International Gender Equality Prize.

Johan Bävman, Photographer, is one of Sweden’s most critically acclaimed photographers with works such as Swedish Dads and the photobook Albino. Johan Bävman has won several awards, including the World Press Photo, POY, Sony Award, NPPA, UNICEF Photo Award. Johan is based in Malmö, Sweden.
“I use portraits of fathers with their children in everyday situations, and interviews with dads to aim the spotlight on fathers who prioritize the connection to their children and partners, rather than their jobs. I focus on the universal and loving aspects of parenting, regardless of whether you are a mother or a father,” says Johan Bävman.

ModeratorVicki Shabo, Senior Fellow, Better Life Lab at New America.Shabo is one of the nation’s leading experts on gender equity and work. At New America, Shabo focus on charting a path to winning paid family and medical leave for every working person in the United States, no matter where they live or work or the job they hold. Prior to joining New America, Shabo led the National Partnership for Women & Families’ workplace policy initiatives. Shabo also serves as a trusted resource for policymakers, business leaders, advocates, researchers and the media.

Swedish Dads
 The photo exhibition portraits 45 fathers who belong to the relatively small percentage of fathers in Sweden who choose to stay at home with their children for at least six months. Swedish photographer Johan Bävman examines why these fathers have chosen to stay at home with their children and how their relationship with their partners and their children has changed as a result. The exhibition aims to show the effects of gender equality on parenting, both for an individual and for society. 

Parental Leave in Sweden In 1974, Sweden was the first country in the world to replace maternity leave with parental leave. Sweden has one of the most generous parental leave policies in the world, allowing parents to stay at home with their child for 480 days, while receiving an allowance from the state. 90 days are reserved for each parent and cannot be transferred. For the first 390 days parents are entitled to nearly 80% of their salary while the remaining 90 days are paid at a lower fixed rate. Despite a generous allowance, Swedish dads still only use approximately 29% of the total amount of parental leave days.

A valid ID and registration is required for admittance.