Best practice for the promotion of caring masculinities to improve work life balance

Donor: Austrian Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection
Duration: 2019 - 2022

Men are becoming ever more engaged in caring activities, because they not only want and need to provide economic resources but also care for relevant others. Yet, men encounter barriers to become involved in caring, which need to be reduced.

The project ‘Caring Masculinities in North Macedonia’ is carried out by Reactor, commissioned by the Verein für Männer- und Geschlechterthemen Steiermark (VMG) and based on funding of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection. It is a cooperation project of the EU project Men in Care (MiC), a project of 26 national partners and affiliated organizations from 7 different European countries (plus ETUC), which aims to reduce barriers for men who want to become involved in caring activities.

Why is Men in Care important?
Easing men’s involvement in care can have positive effects on themselves, on people in their near social environment, on organizations and the whole society. Employees with a better work-life-balance are more satisfied with their life, have stronger family relationships, show a greater loyalty towards their organizations and develop more competencies. MiC actions will show ways to reduce gender inequalities in work-life-balance policies and practices in order to improve the well-being of women and men.

You can find the national benchmarking reports, which include context analyses as well as organizational analyses on the following link.