We are so proud to sponsor the Swedish Dads photography exhibition as it comes to Sydney this September – an initiative from our partners, leading working parent education provider Parents At Work, and the Embassy of Sweden.
This exhibition provides a special opportunity to emphasise the important role fathers play in the development of their children in a creative and inclusive way- a key value that we promote as part of our Father Inclusive Practice Model. Parents at Work CEO, Emma Walsh states “Only 2% of men in Australia take parental leave and we have been looking for a way to grow this figure by bringing attention to this gender equality issue. Sweden has one of the most generous parental leave schemes in the world, and the exhibition Swedish Dads – recently on display with UNESCO in Paris – has really opened up the debate on a global scale.
It’s the first time the exhibition has travelled to Australia and Karitane are so excited to be part of bringing this to our shores alongside Barangaroo precinct organisations - Lendlease, WESTPAC GROUP, KPMG, HSBC, PwC, Gilbert + Tobin as part of a joint diversity and inclusion initiative. “We are proud to partner with some of Australia’s leading corporate organisations and Parents At Work to bring Swedish Dads, a photo exhibition about gender aware modern men, to Sydney just in time for Father’s Day" said Sweden’s Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Mr Pär Ahlberger.
According to Mr Ahlberger this exhibition is also a contribution to the advancement of the 2030 UN Sustainability Development Goals which promote inclusiveness of those with caring commitments.
We hope that this exhibition will start a conversation between men, their families and their workplaces to break down stereotypes of men caring for children.
The exhibition, Swedish Dads portrays 25 fathers in Sweden and is free to the general-public, showing in the foyers of Towers 1, 2 and 3 at International Towers Sydney, Barangaroo on weekdays from the 5th to 29th of September. The official opening of the exhibition is on Monday 4th of September and will feature guest Speaker of the Swedish Parliament, Urban Ahlin, who is on an official visit to Australia.
Aussie dads and their families are encouraged to enjoy the photos and reflect on ways they can balance work and fatherhood.