Coming from the USA where paid maternity leave isn’t set by federal law, but rather the employer, learning about Sweden’s parental leave is mind blowing. Sweden has understood that parenting shouldn’t be an enormous financial burden and has nothing to do with a specific gender. A supportive society that gives families a chance to cope to having a child is one that is considering the health of the community. If there’s a chance for both parents to take time off of work to care for their child, the burden will be lifted from women who are typically the ones to make career sacrifices to tend to their families.
Swedish parents have a total of 480 paid leave days to spend with their children, of which 60 days are required to be taken by the father. If the father doesn’t claim this paid paternity leave, the couple will miss out on the “equality bonus” that the state offers to encourage equality in the household. Johan Bävman beautifully captured Swedish fathers who are taking their paternal leave to tend to raising their children. The photos are tender and somewhat humorous, all the while challenging preconceptions of fatherhood.
Bävman states, “These portraits seek to examine the relationship between father and child, highlighting the bond built over stretches of time spent together, and the benefits of taking time off work for family.”
Read the full article at: www.johanbavman.se