The use of extended parental leave for men is still rare. There was a lack of information available about the parental laws and the possibilities of the fathers to act as carers. The Portuguese law includes the possibility of increasing the duration of total parental leave if the parental leave is shared between parents. Social Security currently pays 100% parental leave of 120 days (four months) for a mother or 150 days (five months) when the parental leave is shared between mother and father.
The parental leave laws and the culture in Sweden and in Portugal are different. In Sweden the fathers often take the total parental leave. According to data from Eurobarometer in 2018 in Portugal 32% of the fathers used parental leave and in Sweden 55% (the mean in the EU is 20%). (source: https://ec.europa.eu/commfrontoffice/publicopinion/index.cfm/survey/getsurveydetail/instruments/flash/surveyky/2185 )
To promote men’s participation in the care of children and to promote the national legislation on shared parental leave by organising an event and a permanent exhibition.
Space for the launch event and a long-term exhibition (the atrium of the ISEG library).
Posters and flyers for the exhibition. For Sweden material was provided by the Embassy; for Portugal material was prepared by the PLOTINA Team based on CITE documentation (like here).
Contacts in the traditional media.
A jury for the contest of Photos, the prize for the photos (here).
Dissemination in social media and traditional media. A co-organization of Swedish Embassy, PLOTINA ISEG Team and ISEG.
Contribution to the work personal life integration debate and the fathers’ role as carers.
Raised awareness of Portuguese legislation about parental leave and the possibility of increasing the parental leave if there is a share between parents. Raising awareness not only in the RPO but also to public in general and in other Universities.