This week a sea of fathers calling themselves the “Father’s Brigade” gathered outside 10 Downing Street, demanding reform to the UK’s childcare system and its soaring costs.
They argue that childcare expenses are crippling family budgets and undermining their ability to work.
The high cost of childcare is a major barrier to employment, with men often forced to choose between their career and family.
Protesters held placards bearing powerful messages such as “My Whole Salary Goes on Childcare” and “Men Should Not Have to PAY to WORK.”
“The current costs are prohibitive and it’s taking a toll on our families,” said Mike Johnson (34), a representative of the Father’s Brigade and father of two.
Several mothers and children also joined the protest in a show of solidarity. “It’s really important that men are able to fully participate in society,” said Alanah Wykstrom (32). “My husband’s career is just as important as mine.”