At the beginning of September at the online conference of ESA in Barcelona, Paco Abril, the Spanish trainer of MIC (UNED and UdG) presented the research and trainings conducted in Spain in his speech on “The promotion of Caring Masculinities in Spanish Companies. How does it work?”. Irina Fernández (UNED), the project manager and researcher of MiC, presented a research paper on “Caring Fathers in Europe: towards universal caregiver families?” . Both presentations were followed by around 23 sociologists from different countries, some of whom were very interested in the challenges and ways to get men more involved in care. Caring masculinities are still minoritarian, but men and managers in Spain are becoming conscious of the importance of facilitating time to care for men to promote gender equality in work life balance.
What is Men in Care?
Men in Care (MiC) was a project of twelve national organisations from seven different European countries, which will help reduce barriers for men who want to become involved in caring activities. MiC aims to improve workplace conditions to promote men taking caring roles and will assess how policies and workplace cultures can change to enable men to become more active in caring for children, elderly, partners, co-workers and friends. Involving workers, trade unions, employers, and families, the project will enable men to take time to care for themselves and others. Find more information on the project here.