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Deputy Prime Minister's wife hails 'cojones' of men who do childcare

by Patrick Wintour, political editor
Miriam González Durántez on Wednesday interrupted a speech by her husband Nick to speak out in favour of fathers who look after their children, saying they have "more cojones".

Her remarks came as the deputy prime minister made a speech in which he attacked "old-fashioned" bosses who "raise an eyebrow" when men ask for time off to look after their children.

A man's world in Australia?

by Nicole Chettle for the Midday Report
Climbing the corporate ladder can be tough, especially if you're a woman, but there are an increasing number of men finding it hard to break into traditionally female-dominated professions.

There's vigorous debate about whether there should be quotas to boost their numbers on boards and, as advocates continue to seek a fair go for females, what happens to men in jobs dominated by women?

Early years development: Why it is a job for the boys

by Jane Haywood
One of the first clear calls from the coalition government for the early years sector was to encourage greater gender equality in the workforce. But with the number of men in the sector staying static at just 2%, it doesn't seem the message is getting through.

The benefits to reversing this trend are clear. Some young children lack a positive male role model and a male early years worker could provide this.

Canadian teacher puts his best foot forward

By Bryan Passifiume - QMI Agency
While being a male elementary school teacher in today's world isn't exactly blazing any new trails, they're still a rare commodity in what is still a predominantly female-dominated occupation.

The Co-operative Childcare has launched a campaign to boost the number of male nursery workers in the UK.

by Sue Learner - DayNuresies.co.uk - News Editor
It is planning to lead the way in eradicating gender stereotypes about childcare practitioners by promising to increase its own male workforce to 10 per cent, which is well above the national average.

South Africa Research: Abuse perceptions alienating male teachers

by Bongani Nkosi - IOS News
Male teachers are being alienated from working in the country’s primary schools, largely by the societal stigma that portrays them as paedophiles, according to new research.

Men in Early Childhood Education at the World Forum 2014 in Puerto Rico

Join over 800 early childhood professionals from more than 80 nations in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for a life-changing experience!

8th Annual ECMenz Summit in New Zealand - March 7 - 9, 2014

Men and women are warmly invited to attend the Summit of the Early Childhood Men in NZ Assn (ECMenz). Friday will consist of political and research presentations and panels. Saturday will include fun learning workshops and roundtables on various gender, initial teacher education and workforce topics.

Men teaching in Ireland

The Irish News reported statistics earlier in the week illustrating how the decline in the number of male primary school teachers has continued in spite of initiatives aimed at increasing males into the profession (though the paper does not outline the nature of these employer-led efforts.)

In the current academic year, just 1,307 of the 8,473 primary school teachers were male, representing just 15% of the profession. Of these, some 60% of the males were aged 40 or older.

Top male teachers at Erdiston College in Barbados praise programmes

Principal of Erdiston Teachers’ Training College, Barbara Parris is always happy when male teachers participate in the programmes offered by the College.

She is even happier when they gain distinctions and top classes, which are year by year, female dominated.
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