Shared Parenting Survey

Towards the UN Global Goals in year 2030 we need to focus on gender equality in work and family life. This include children and fathers to obtain a positive impact from gender equality strategies, trust in authorities and sustainability for generations to come.

The World Parents Organization (WPO) has asked 3500 Nordic fathers about shared parenting and gender equality for children and fathers. In the Nordic countries shared parenting is the norm in family life with a positive impact on children, families and the society.

The Shared Parenting Survey has shown a number of key results for fathers and children related to shared parenting and gender equality. In the most gender equal countries in the world.

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The survey includes a diverse age group, rich and poor and represent fathers from all the nordic countries. The survey includes parents living together and two home families that has been found using ads and social media distribution.

The survey results are almost the same in all countries asking more or less fathers. The fathers has answered the questions they have found relevant. The survey results are very clear.

  • Fathers are clearly missing legal rights in family life and legislation.

  • Most children are living in shared parenting.

  • Most parents has shared legal custody.

  • More than 80% of the fathers experience discrimination.

  • More than 95% of the fathers state they experience gender discrimination.

  • The survey shows that discrimination increases, when parents are not living together.

  • The survey shows that double residence, shared information, welfare benefits and state children cases are the main challenge in society.

  • The survey shows that psychological, financial and phycical violence against fathers are common in society.

  • The survey show that most cases of family violence against fathers has never been investigated by the authorities.

  • The survey shows that not only the other parent, but also governments and local authorities are taking part in the discrimination. Illustrating a structural, cultural and legal challenge.

  The survey also clearly shows a demand and requirement by society of gender equality in family life for children and fathers, as we mainly know it from women in educational and working life. This is mainly related to legal rights, double residence, equal parenting time, shared information both public and private as well as equal support and counselling.

The challenge for every nation and national governments today are to secure Shared Parenting as the basic assumption by law in all family forms. Because we know by research and real life experiences that this is in the best interest of the children and society.

The Shared Parenting Survey very clearly documents systematic, structual and legal violation of the Convention of the Child and the European Human Rights Convention. This must be secured by national leaders and governments. Not only for legal reasons, but also to keep a human balance in society, sustainability for future generations and trust in the authorities.

Shared parenting and equal opportunities in family life is one of the most important stability factors in society. Towards the UN Global Goals 2030.