Could Paternity Leave Help Tackle Gender Violence?

Could Paternity Leave Help Tackle Gender Violence?

by The Daily Eye Team October 28 2015, 4:52 pm Estimated Reading Time: 0 mins, 45 secs

What’s paternity leave got to do with violence against women and the sexual exploitation of girls? More than you’d think it turns out. Fathers who are involved in caring for and raising their children from an early age are less likely to pay for sex with a teenage girl and act violently towards their children and partners, says Marcos Nascimento, a leading expert in gender equality. “Research has shown that the more men are involved as fathers from an early stage, getting them involved in pre-natal classes, being present at birth and after a child is born can be a protection against sexual exploitation and violence against women by fostering a sense of responsibility and care fathers feel towards their children,” says Nascimento, a researcher at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, a research institute in Rio de Janeiro.


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