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Embassy Of Sweden Inaugurated An Event To Celebrate “Indian Dads Meets Swedish Dads”

Sweden Embassy brings together two exhibitions and a panel discussion to highlight the role of fathers in the work towards achieving gender equality.

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In its first celebration of Indian Dads, The Embassy of Sweden has worked together with Delhi-based photographer Srimon Chatterjee to portray five Delhi Dads and their children. The exhibition aims to celebrate Indian Dads and showcase fathers who take an active parenting role. The Delhi dads were selected in an online photo competition and shared pictures and thoughts on being a dad.

“Throughout the project I spent time with different families, and explored the various equations between children and their fathers. I enjoyed every interaction between them and reflected on my own relationship with my son”, says Srimon Chatterjee.

The second part of the exhibition “Swedish Dads” is produced by the Swedish Institute (SI) in cooperation with the Embassy of Sweden in New Delhi. When Swedish photographer Johan Bävman became a father, he found there was a lack of role models that men could relate to as parents. This led him to put together a photo book, which led to the exhibition with portraits of fathers who have chosen to stay at home with their children for at least six months.

“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. 

Johan Bävman was joined on the panel by journalist Namita Bhandare and CHSJ member Badar Uzzama to discuss the role of fathers in achieving gender equality. Namita Bhandare writes on gender and other social issues and has 25 years of experience in journalism.Badar Uzzamais programme officer in the team of Men and Gender Equality at the Centre for Health and Social Justice.

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