72% Indians want Employers to make it easier for men to combine childcare with work

Progressive views on Gender Equality & Parenting seen .“Equal rights for men and women for household chores and child rearing is being emphasized. Paternity Leave could be the starting point,” says Tripti Sharma, Research Director, Public Affairs, Ipsos India.

72% Indians want Employers to make it easier for men to combine childcare with work

New Delhi, March 07, 2019: Global survey by Ipsos on International Women’s Day 2019 shows progressive views on parenting among Indians. Indians want equal rights for men and women for housework and child rearing and exhort employers to make it easier for males to combine childcare with work. Over half of Indians polled (56%) pooh-pooh the belief that the man staying at home taking care of children is less of a man; though 4 in 10 (39%) agree that it makes the man effeminate. 

Equal rights for men and women for household chores and child rearing is being emphasized. Paternity Leave could be the starting point,” says Tripti Sharma, Research Director, Public Affairs, Ipsos India.

55 per cent Indians disagree that the man who stays at home to look after children is less of a man.

Notably, 4 in 10 Indians (39%) feel that a man who stays at home to look after children is less of a man.

South Korea has pipped India where at least three fourths (76%) feel the person is less of a man who chooses to stay at home for looking after his children. India is placed 2nd in the pecking order.

Most markets though rejected this belief of less male syndrome, for tending to kids.

72% Indians want employers to make it easier for men to combine childcare with work. In fact, across markets similar view is echoed, though the highest was among Serbs (90%). Japan, which was placed last in the pecking order had at least 58% Japanese endorsing this view.

For men and women to achieve equal rights in taking care of home and children, 4 in 10 Indians believe enough is not being done.

Riding on optimism, 59% Indians believe that discrimination against women in relation to looking after home and children will end in the next 20 years. Only 14% Japanese expect discrimination to end in 20 years.       

About the Survey

Field dates were Friday, December 21st 2018 to Friday, January 4th 2019

  • 16 of the 27 countries surveyed online generate nationally representative samples in their countries (Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and United States).
  • Brazil, Chile, Colombia, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Serbia, South Africa and Turkey produce a national sample that is more urban & educated, and with higher incomes than their fellow citizens.  We refer to these respondents as “Upper Deck Consumer Citizens”.  They are not nationally representative of their country.
  • Approximately 1000+ individuals participated on a country by country basis via the Ipsos Online Panel with the exception of Argentina, Belgium, Chile, Colombia, Hungary, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and Turkey, where each have a sample approximately 500+.

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