Paternity Leave

Vocal Heroes: The Year for Women in Leadership

Neela Bettridge | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK
Neela Bettridge

The past year has been one of extremes when it comes to women in leadership. We've had some 'vocal heroes' -- most notably Malala Yousafzai, but also Emma Watson promoting the He for She campaign

Nick Clegg Wants To Overhaul Your Parenting

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Louise Ridley | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK

Nick Clegg has claimed he will kickstart a parenting revolution by making paternity pay for male Civil Service employees equal to maternity leave pay ...

Shared Parental Leave Will Strengthen Families and Businesses

Jo Swinson | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Politics
Jo Swinson

Mums and adopters will have real choice about when they return to work, dads will have more time to bond with their children, children will have better outcomes, while employers will benefit from lower staff turnover and having a workforce that is more flexible and motivated. And who wouldn't want that?

Louise Ridley

New Dads Could Avoid Being "Mocked" If They Had More Paternity Leave

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK

An extra four weeks of paternity leave could stop new dads being "mocked" at work for wanting to care for their children in the first few months, the ...

Gender Equality Isn't Just for Women

Jenny Willott | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Politics
Jenny Willott

We know that engaging men on gender equality is not easy, there are many barriers, but we cannot give up. There is huge pressure on boys and men to conform to the norms that constrain them as much as they do women. All children deserve the chance to live life to the full, follow their own path and choose how best to use their talents and pursue their interests.

Paternity Leave 'Should Double To Encourage Fathers'

PA | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK

Statutory paternity leave should be twice as long and paid at almost twice the present rate to encourage more fathers to spend time with newborns, a t...

After the Babymoon - When Fathers Get Depressed

Torsten Klaus | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Torsten Klaus

Many men feel guilty or even ashamed of these feelings, some resentful or angry at their partner or child. A lot of new dads find themselves alone with these feelings. Helpless and unable to share with anyone, they retreat emotionally as the pain of emotional isolation is so hard to bear. As a result of this, some men also decide to leave the family.

Fathers Need Longer Paternity Leave

Torsten Klaus | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Torsten Klaus

Here is the contradiction: Society wants men to spend more time with their kids and families (believe me, at least once a week I get a comment like "Oh it's good to see daddy being in charge" when in public), but employers and government do next to nothing to support them. I believe we need some fundamental changes here...

'2013: The Birth of the New New Man' - A Response to GQ

Jay Nadarajah | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jay Nadarajah

Apparently 60% of men would consider being a stay at home dad. I find that men who were raised by strong career women have more respect for equality than those who weren't. I have friends who have shared six months each of maternity/paternity leave and friends who will argue that it should be a mother's responsibility. In a progressive society, nothing beats equality.

16 Reasons Why You, a Man, Should Hate the Patriarchy

Jonathan Lindsell | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Lindsell

All men should be following the tenets of feminism already, which includes shutting up and listening. But they aren't. Many are being their unaware or blissfully misogynistic selves - and they're the ones who have the furthest to go.

Work-life Balance - A Dad's Survival Guide

Malcolm Bell | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Malcolm Bell

This isn't a cry for help. But I can't help but notice, my wife is asked all the time about 'work-life' balance, but nobody ever asks me. The way you feel, act and certainly look (sleepness nights) is changed forever.

'We Lean Over Far Too Much For Muslims'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK

Michael O'Leary has called for the burka to be banned in Britain, warning that the country is "leaning over far too much" for minority religions like ...

Dad's Going to Iceland

Dalia Ben-Galim | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Politics
Dalia Ben-Galim

It might not be a new pair of socks, or even a toolbox, but a 'daddy quota' could be long-lasting and the best Father's Day present he'll ever have. That way dad might even have time to go to Iceland.

Time to Admit That Modern Fatherhood Is a Myth

Gideon Burrows | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gideon Burrows

As an equal parent in and out of working hours for over five years now, I've realised there's no fairytale quite so engaging, but quite so without actual substance, as the modern fatherhood myth. There's a convincing but untrue story about a huge army of fathers out there across the UK, all merrily doing their fair share of childcare, or maybe even more than their female partners. Just take a look outside. Where are the groups of dads sitting in coffee shops, or joining sing-along at the local library?

Labour Could Ban Adverts Targeted At Kids, Says Cruddas

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK

Labour will examine a Swedish-style ban on adverts targeted at youngsters as part of efforts to tackle the commercialisation of childhood, the party's...

Plans to 'Mix and Match' Parental Leave Arrangements Are a Great Idea on Paper

Paula Whelan | Posted 12.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Paula Whelan

According to the plans, set out in the Children and Families Bill, parents will be able to share their combined parental leave between them, either by taking it in turns or taking time off together, up to a total of 52 weeks.

Nappy Days! Parents To Benefit From Shared Parental Leave

Charlie Thomas | Posted 13.11.2012 | UK

Parents will be able to split maternity leave between them under new plans to be unveiled by the deputy prime minister Nick Clegg. Under the propos...

Fathers 'Able To Take A Year Off For Paternity Leave'

PA | Posted 12.10.2012 | UK

Fathers will be able to take the majority of the first year of a baby's life off work if the mother goes back to work under new coalition proposals, i...

Owner-employees - Worse News Than Beecroft

Joe O'Donnell | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK Politics
Joe O'Donnell

It would be sad to see hundreds of years of employment law progress being swapped for £2,000 worth of shares which can be bought back on dismissal 'at a reasonable price'.

Male, Pale and Stale: The Gender Gap in the UK's Leading Roles

Anna Claeys | Posted 09.12.2012 | UK Politics
Anna Claeys

The current system continues to leave women severely underrepresented in the top job - this is an issue not just for women, but for our economy and society as a whole.

Feminism and Fatherhood - the Morecambe and Wise of Parenting?

Jai Breitnauer | Posted 18.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Jai Breitnauer

I used to be suspicious of Feminists, until I realised I was one. You see, it's almost impossible to be a woman and not be feminist - after all, who would willingly give up the element of choice in their lives, to be told what they should do and how they should do it?

Handing Your Child Over to Other People

Richard Holt | Posted 17.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Holt

Taking a year off work to look after my two-year-old daughter was the best decision I have ever made. There is no way I can quantify how brilliant it is to spend all this time with a toddler who glows with joy all day. But six months in, we need to spend some time apart. Happily, the feeling is mutual.

The Coalition's Lost Generation

Jai Breitnauer | Posted 27.07.2012 | UK Politics
Jai Breitnauer

If the government's new maternity leave plans go ahead it means new mums will be legally entitled to just four and a half months off with their baby, and any further leave will be under negotiation with their employer, and potentially unpaid.

Chris Wimpress

Liz Truss: 'I Am Quite Bolshy Sometimes'

HuffingtonPost.com | Chris Wimpress | Posted 10.05.2012 | UK Politics

For some reason I was worried that Liz Truss was going to be fierce. She's actually very pleasant, but always comes across as highly uncompromising i...