Swedish Dads, the exhibit
World renowned photographer, Johan Bävman and his exhibition Swedish Dads landed to Sydney, specifically to help raise awareness about the importance of men taking parental leave and the caring challenges faced by all working fathers.
Sweden has one of the world’s most generous parental schemes in the world. Despite this, only a fraction of the country’s fathers choose to claim the full amount of their entitled parental leave, or share the leave equally with their partner.
Soon after becoming a father himself, Swedish photographer Johan Bävman decided to document the critical role fathers played in the early development of children, in the hope it would spark conversation and debate amongst men, families and employers.
The result was “Swedish Dads”, an exhibition chronicling the experience of some of the few Swedish fathers who chose to stay home with their children for at least six months, and the impact on their relationships with their partners and their children.
It’s the first time the exhibition has travelled to Australia and it has been brought here with the help of some of Australia’s largest corporate organisations (Lendlease, WESTPAC GROUP, KPMG, HSBC, PwC, Gilbert + Tobin) as part of a joint diversity and inclusion initiative.
These organizations, which collaborated with leading working parent education provider, Parents At Work, and the Embassy of Sweden, have chosen to be involved because they are committed to supporting employees during the time of their life when they are transitioning to parenthood and also when they have caring responsibilities for children.
“Only 2% of men in Australia take parental leave and we have been looking for a way to grow this figure by bringing attention to this gender equality issue. Sweden has one of the most generous parental leave schemes in the world, and the exhibition Swedish Dads has really opened up the debate on a global scale.” – said Parents At Work CEO, Emma Walsh.
The exhibition, which portrays 25 fathers, provides a special opportunity to emphasise the important role fathers play in the development of their children in a creative and inclusive way.
Masterful photographer Johan Bävman has also been commissioned to take photographs of Australian working dads while in Sydney.
until September 29th, 2017
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