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The Paternity Debate

Part of Being A Man

Despite recent changes to UK law which make it possible for men to take shared parental leave in addition to two weeks paternity leave, why do so few fathers opt to take any extra time off work? Does this reflect a prejudice against men being ‘stay at home dads’, or male anxieties about career expectations and re-entering the workplace? And how would a more balanced sharing of parental leave change not just the workplace for the better, but the relationships between father and child?

Following on from our Paternity Leave debate at BAM 2016, we check in with the latest statistics, and see if the landscape is beginning to change.


- Angela Saini, an award-winning science journalist, author and broadcaster, and author of Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong – and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story

- David Willans, a director at OgilvyEarth, helping brands with sustainability, the founder of Being Dads – an online series of interviews with dads about their experience of fatherhood – and a father himself. He lives in east London with his wife and their two sons, aged four and six.

- Andrew Hammerton, recently returned to his job looking after operations and change for an in house creative agency, after being the first person in his company to take full shared parental leave. He did the first si month stint of looking after his second daughter in North London.

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Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room, Green Side


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This event is included in both the Friday Being A Man Pass and the Being A Man Weekend Pass.