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Opinions on parenting emasculating men in Belgium 2019, by gender

To be a father today is to be available and present for children. According to data published by Ipsos, 13 percent of Belgian respondents believe that a man who stays at home to look after the children is "less of a man". In other words, although nurturing children is not exclusively for women, different perceptions of parenting are found in Belgium in 2019.

Society is responsible for creating an environment in which men and women can live in an equal fashion. Whilst men have ten days of parental leave in Belgium, the prolongation of its length is currently being discussed.

Opinions on parenting in Belgium in 2016: is a man who stays at home to look after his children"less of a man"?

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Release date

March 2019



Survey time period

December 21, 2018 to January 4, 2019

Number of respondents

approx. 500

Age group

16-64 years

Method of interview

Online panel

Supplementary notes

This question was phrased by the source as follows: "Please indicate whether you strongly disagree, somewhat disagree, somewhat agree or strongly agree that a man who stays at home to look after his children is less of a man". Figures represent the share of respondents agreeing.

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