Salima Kasymova, Katrina M. Walsemann, James F. Thrasher, Gary Barker & Deborah L. Billings (2019) Increasing men’s involvement in responsible parenthood: national-level policy efforts in Croatia, India, and Mexico, Community, Work & Family, DOI: 10.1080/13668803.2019.1694488

Since the ratification of the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action (ICPD PoA), the importance of promoting men’s participation in childcare has been recognized as an international priority. This study documents national policy efforts undertaken during the ICPD PoA timeframe to increase men’s participation in childcare in Croatia, India, and Mexico. Results of our policy analysis suggest that although between 1995 and 2014, the governments of Croatia, India and Mexico applied diverse policy approaches to promote paternal involvement, more efforts are needed to challenge the traditional division of childcare responsibilities between parents, recognize and value unpaid care work, and increase men’s opportunities to participate in the lives of their children in these countries.