IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Advancing parental leave equality for fathers

13 June 2018, 9:00 am–12:00 pm

Johan Bavman - Swedish Dads

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Elvin Hall, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

This think tank forum aims to inspire UK workplaces to collaborate on how they can encourage more fathers to participate in shared parental leave to improve gender equality outcomes for all, accompanied by a thought-provoking photography exhibition "Swedish Dads" by Johan Bävman.

A range of speakers will stimulate, inspire and unite the wider UK business community to discuss ways to improve how they support fathers by addressing cultural, policy and system changes. 

Making their debut for the first time in the UK is an exhibition of award-winning 'Swedish Dads' photographs by Johan Bävman. Child rearing has traditionally been the preserve of women but a growing number of fathers in Sweden have begun to see the advantages of taking parental leave and developing close ties with their children early on. The exhibition explores how Swedish fathers view the modern male role in contrast to the traditional, stereotype parental role.

The Swedish Ambassador to the UK Torbjörn Sohlström will officially open the exhibition before the photographs go on display to the general public at the Southlands Arts Centre for Father's Day on 17 June 2018.

Other speakers include:

  • Dr Katherine Twamley, UCL Institute of Education (IOE)
  • Professor Margaret O'Brien, Director of the Thomas Coram Research Unit at the IOE
  • Emma Walsh, CEO of Parents at Work
  • Sarah Jackson, CEO of Working Families
  • Johan Bävman,
  • and representatives from large-scale international corporations.

Join the conversation on social media with #SwedishDadsUK.


This event will be of particular interest to business and industry leaders and equal opportunity advocates including HR, diversity and inclusion specialists and practitioners.

It is free to attend, please register your place below:

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Dr Katherine Twamley


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