Swedish Dads exhibition in 9 cities in Romania

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    Swedish Dads Photo: Johan Bavman

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    Swedish Dads Photo: Johan Bavman

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    Swedish Dads Photo: Johan Bavman

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    Swedish Dads Photo: Johan Bavman

Child rearing has traditionally been the preserve of women but a growing number of fathers in Sweden have begun to see the advantages of taking parental leave and developing close ties with their children early on. The Swedish Dads photo exhibition , promoted in 9 cities in Romania , explores how Swedish fathers view the modern male role in contrast to the traditional, stereotype parental role.  

The exhibition looks at what caused these particular dads to remain at home with their children so much longer than most fathers in the world. What has it meant to them, how has it affected their relationships both with their partners and with their children, and what expectations did they have beforehand?

“By showing the everyday lives of fathers on parental leave, through pictures and interviews, I’ve focused on men who’ve chosen to put bonding with their children and families before their jobs and careers,” says Johan Bävman. “I’ve also sought to show the universally valid, loving aspect of parenthood, regardless of whether you’re a mother or father. With the aid of this project, I hope to inspire more men to begin reflecting on their roles as fathers and partners, which is an important step towards a more gender-balanced society. It’s good to see these stories going out into the world, where the Swedish perspective on gender equality is by no means self-evident.”

The cities in Romania where the exhibition was present are Bucharest, Timisoara, Iasi, Cluj-Napoca, Brasov, Pitesti, Ploiesti, Craiova and Sibiu. The Exhibition was also part of the international art festival Vama Sub Lumini de Oscar 2017 in Vama Veche.

The Embassy of Sweden in Romania organised highschool visits for students to discuss the subject of gender equality through interactive activities. Youngsters between 15-18 in Romania have referred to many aspects of gender equality including equal access to opportunities and education and the importance to become aware of the influence of society and those around you, including your family. Many young people attending the activities mentioned that self-confidence is the best antidote to constraints in society and that “not only men can become presidents”. More than 300 students have participated at the interactive activities organised by the Embassy. Students were also presented the study abroad opportunities in Sweden where they can study over 1000 programs in English language with no tuition fees. Hence, the platform www.studyinsweden.se was also presented with details on what it's like to study in Sweden by an alumni student. On the occasion of the opening of the exhibition in different cities in Romania local cultural figures and institutional partners were invited, more than 300 participants have attended the openings including local media. The exhibition was present in each city for at least 2 weeks, in locations that attract visitors on a daily basis such as museums, theaters, shopping malls, coffee shops and exhibition halls.

The subject of gender equality in Swedish society is being reffered with more details on this platform: https://sweden.se/society/gender-equality-in-sweden