Tații din Moldova și Suedia – a photo exhibition about modern men 17-30 April 2018

The home life and child care have traditionally been the tasks of women, but a growing number of fathers have begun to see the advantages of taking parental leave and developing close ties with their children early on.

“This exhibition is an opportunity to stimulate discussion about the role of dads, in the family and in society as whole”, says Signe Burgstaller, Ambassador of Sweden to the Republic of Moldova. “We hope that fathers will feel proud of the important work they do in the family and will be inspired to think about family life and their parental contributions more after this exhibition”.

Tații din Moldova și Suedia will be launched on 18 April 2018, at 13:00 at the MallDova Shopping Center by the Embassy of Sweden in Chisinau, United Nations in Moldova and the Swedish Institute.

The Swedish Dads photo exhibition is based on portraits of fathers who choose to stay at home, to take care of children for at least six months. Swedish photographer Johan Bävman analyzes the reasons why these fathers chose to stay with their children at home, what this experience means to them and how their relationship has changed with both their own children and their partners. The exhibition aims to show the effects that gender equality in childcare activities has both on individuals and society.

Tații din Moldova will add the perspective of an active father from Moldova, as shown by Mihail Turculet's photos. The aim is to stimulate discussions about equality in the family and its effects on society, as well as about men's and women's options regarding family and work.

About the photographers

Johan Bävman, born in 1982, is an independent photographer from Malmo, Sweden. The Sweedish Dads photo project has had an enormous impact, being exposed worldwide and published as a book in English. Johan has received many awards for his photos, including World Press Photo, Poy, Sony Award, NPPA, UNICEF Award for Photography, the Swedish TT Award and the Picture of the Year Award in Sweden.

Mihail Turculeț is specialized in portrait and family events photography, winner of a few photo competitions and currently the Moldovan representative in the international jury for the 35AWARDS 2017.

Parental leave in Sweden and Moldova

Sweden's parental benefit system is one of the most generous in the world, allowing parents to stay home with their children and receive compensation from the state. For child care, parents receive paid leave for 480 days. For the first 390 days, parents are entitled to almost 80% of their salary, up to a maximum. The remaining 90 days are paid at a lower fixed rate. From the first 390 days, 90 are reserved for each parent, while the rest can be freely transferred.

In Moldova working mothers are entitled to 70 days before and 56 days after the birth of a child and are entitled to 100% of the salary. Fathers are entitled to 14 days after their child’s birth and to 100% of their wages. After the expiry of maternity leave, insured parents are entitled to part-time paid child care that can be used in full or in part until the child reaches the age of 3, with the benefits accounting for 30% of the salary. Unemployed but married women are entitled to maternity leave with benefits calculated based on their husband's salary.  

The Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality

The launch date was selected to coincide with the international conference Shaping New Realities – The Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality in Stockholm on 16–17 April 2018. This conference aims to contribute to global gender equality through dialogue, partnering and exchange of best practice. http://genderequalworld.com/