Paternity leave
Presentation at the Danish Parliament of an exploratory survey of 2.000 fathers with 50% having less than a month and 50% having more than a month paternity leave. 


1. Basic information
2. Paternity leave periode 
3. Assessment of paternity leave 
4. Paternity leave comparisons 
5. Statistical analysis
6. Main conclusions

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The World's First Gender Equality Catalog for Children and Fathers
Introduction to the World's first gender equality catalog for children and fathers and shared parenting with 348 items in 12 themes in the first edition.


1. Biological Parents (items 1-25)
2. Public Information (items 26-45)
3. Paternity Leave (items 46-66)
4. Living Residence for Children (items 67-96)
5. Children Finance (items 98-119)
6. International Parents (items 120-140)
7. Public Children Cases (items 141-235)
8. Family violence against Children and Fathers (items 236-287)
9. Fathers’ Responsibility (items 288-299)
10. Lawyers’ Ethics and Methods (items 300-316)
11. Financing, Statistics and Research (item 317-333)
12. How can it happen in our society? (item 334-348)
Basic principles for a Shared Parenting family law.

Family Reforms 2019
Presentation of the Danish law reform on April 1st 2019 and the stages in creating gender equality and quality improvements in family systems. 


1.   The three reform stages from 2015 - 2021
2.   The five key elements in 2019
3.   Double Residence and Shared Public Children Benefits 
4.   Online learning for all about Shared Parenting
5.   Screening of green, yellow and red family situations
6.   The new Family Court House and Family Court
7.   The children unit, mediation and improved quality
8.   Future Gender Equality in Family Life Reforms

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Presentation at the Council of Europe (sound only)
Speech at the Council of Europe about gender equality for children and fathers in most western world countries today and work-life balance. 


1. Harvard Case Analysis
2. Follow the Child
3. Gender Equality Catalog 
4. The Simpel Formula
5. Shared Parenting Research
6. UN Human Rights
7. Principles in a Shared Parenting law
8. The Danish Reform 2019
9. Council of Europe Resolution
10. Conclusion

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Council of Europe - Resolution 2079
Presentation of the important Council of Europe resolution 2079 on Equality and shared parental responsibility: the role of fathers.


1. Introduction
2. Equal rights for parents and same information
3. Removal of difference based on marital status
4. Shared residence in family law
5. Respect the right of children to be heard
6. Social benefits for both parents;
7. Necessary steps for access rights
8. Encourage mediation
9. Interdisciplinary training of professionals
10. Parenting plans for parents to determine their children’s lives
11. Paid parental leave available to fathers

Washington Conference on Parental Alienation
Presentation about parental alienation and false accusations based on a survey  with 330 parents that states they have experienced parental alienation and/or false accusations. The survey includes children in all age groups and an equal distribution between boys and girls. 


1. Basic information
2. The Children in the survey
3. Parental Alienation
4. False Accusations
5. Documentation
6. Consequences and influence
7. Economic costs

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We are all living in a society with global change and new technological development that affects the work-life balance in society. We no longer can state who is the best student, employee, manager, leader, prime minister or parent, just by looking at gender.

Gender Equality in work, education and family life is a new reality, but we have to understand it and learn how to live with it in our society. In education, most developed countries have progressed positively offering equal opportunities for boys and girls. In the workplace, we are seeing more and more female leaders in business and politics. That is also positive.  

However, in family life we are today living in a shared parenting world with single parenting law for historical and cultural reason. This is no longer in the best interest of the child, families, organizations or society. 

The family law is - beyond any doubt - violating the UN Children Convention article 2, 3 and 7 [1] as well as the European Human Rights convention articles 6, 8, 14 and 17 [2] . 
The documentation and formula is simple:

 + New shared parenting research

+ Human Right Conventions

+ The “World’s first” Gender Equality catalog for children and fathers
= Government responsibility for shared parenting law reforms 

The research on children’s health and real-life in the Nordic countries today documents that shared parenting is in the best interest of the child. This is due to increased social relations with more love from two parents, more quality time with both parents, a better contact to all the grandparents and a larger social family. In addition, reasons can be more holidays, better children financing and a clearer identity of man and woman – and most importantly all together less stress in traditional families and families using shared parenting with equal time at both parents. 

An example of this research is from Sweden[3], where children health data from all 200.000 children in the age of 12-15 has been, analyzed related to psychological symptoms and family forms. The reality and research illustrate that the social relations are of major importance for children, not just the positive collaboration between parents or the financial situation. Children is simply, less stressed in society.

A review of the international shared parenting research[4] also concludes that shared parenting and equal time with parents is in the best interest of the child, as the general rule, even in both conflict and non-conflict families. First, children that spends equal parenting time fare as well as or better than, those in maternal residence - especially in terms of the quality and endurance of their relationships with their fathers.

Secondly, the research documents that “parents do not have to be exceptionally cooperative, without conflict, wealthy, and well educated, or mutually enthusiastic about sharing the residential parenting for the children to benefit. Third, young adults who have lived in these families say this arrangement was in their best interest—in contrast to those who lived with their mothers after their parents’ divorce.

Fourth, most industrialized countries, is undergoing a shift in custody laws, public opinion, and parents’ decisions - a shift toward more shared residential parenting. With the research serving to inform us, we can work together more effectively and more knowledgeably to enhance the well-being of children whose parents are no longer living together.” 

The aim of the human rights conventions is to protect all children and parents against discrimination by gender and other factors such as the family forms. The conventions also state that all children have the rights to know and be cared for by its parents and that all citizens have the right to respect of family life.

All citizens have, the right to be able to try their citizens’ rights in due time and no country that apply by the UN convention of the child and the Human Rights Conventions can make law and practices that are violating the conventions. The human right conventions combined with the shared parenting research is simply in direct conflict with the current family law and practices in most developed countries today.

The ‘World’s first’ gender equality catalog has been prepared and is presented to illustrate the many specific areas in the law and practices are not in the best interest of children in society as a hole, but are still used for historical and cultural reason. 

The gender equality catalog 2018 includes 348 examples divided into 12 themes based on several years of analysis of family law and practices in Denmark. However, it seems from many discussions with shared parenting organizations in more than 25 countries that it applies for many or all countries today.

Hopefully the catalog can be an inspiration for the United Nations and international governments, researchers, educators, experts and politicians for a better understanding of the gender equality challenge in gender equality towrds work-life balance in society.

Yours Sincerely,
Jesper Lohse, MBA & Nordic Father

  • Chairman of the Danish Fathers Association founded in 1977
  • Chairman of the Nordic Equality Council
  • ICSP Board Member

[1] UN Convention of the Child: 
[2] European Convention on Human Rights:
[3] Malin Bergstrøm, Karolinska Institute, Sweden 2017,
 [4] Linda Nielsen, Wake Forrest University, 2011 USA,'s/Nielsen_SP_Nov_2011.pdf