The number of fathers who take their offspring for a career break, and parents related to money, has risen significantly in the past year. As to the Federal statistics office, increased the number compared to 2017 by around seven percent.

The number of mothers increased by only three percent. In aggregate, four percent more people parents the money to the recipients of goods than in the year 2017.

A breakthrough for gender justice, the Figures are not, however, from expert’s point of view: Although the share of the male parents increased money earners, significantly, still there are, however, a Majority of whom are women, remain for the young ones at home. 2018, approximately 1.4 million mothers and parents in relation to the data, in contrast, only of 433,000 fathers.

the women were employed for much longer with the change diapers, cook porridge and early education: you stayed away from the Numbers in the reference of base parental allowance of 11.7 months of work, the planned receipt of parental allowance Plus 20 months. The fathers kept their time with their son or daughter with an average of 3 months at the base parents money, and 8.9 months for the parents money Plus it is relatively short.

parents whose children 1. July 2015 have been born, may choose between the old Base and the new parental allowance Plus. The parental allowance Plus in the generally lower paid but much longer. Both models promote the so-called partnership bonus or fathers months the approach, that father, like mother to take care of the child: both parents a home, paid the money longer.

According to the statisticians, in particular women use the parents money Plus what we can with part-time work: Almost every third eligible woman decided in the past year for the new model, 2017, there were still 26 percent. For men, the number rose from 11 percent to 13 percent.

In a nationwide comparison, the proportion of men among the parents money earners in 2018, at 23.7 per cent and thus rose in comparison to 2017 by only 0.7 percentage points. Significantly above the average for Saxony (28.4 percent), Berlin (26.3 percent), Bavaria (26 per cent), Baden-Württemberg (25.8 per cent) and Thuringia (25.8 percent). The conclusion of the lights in the fathers participation in the Saarland (17.3 per cent) and Rhineland-Palatinate (19.6 percent).

in Principle, the development was towards a continuous increase in fathers ‘ participation in encouraging, said the sociology Professor Heike Trappe, University of Rostock. However, various statistics also showed that the vast majority of fathers take continue to no education time. “That’s still no reason for euphoria escape and social change in terms of the role of fathers to proclaim.” The income difference between men and women is still very large, which also play when deciding on the Parental role.

“A fly in the ointment is that the average subscription duration is for men and women so far apart,” says Katharina Wrohlich German Institute for economic research (DIW) in Berlin. The introduction of elterngeld with the fathers of the months was definitely an important step towards more gender justice, the parents ‘ money Plus a important addition. The positive development, wish you more courage: “policy can change social norms, you could do even more and to create incentives for cooperative sharing of care time.” For example, the proportion of fathers months could be increased.

in Total, scientists have observed but a change in the social mood. The freshly baked father takes his two fathers ‘ months, had arrived in Germany in the middle of the society, said Wrohlich. “In the case of younger people, or people with a higher level of education which is now an unwritten Norm,” says Trappe. There is also still regional and urban-rural differences: “Probably there are areas in Germany where a man with a baby strikes.”


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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