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Men may face similar pressures over choices

Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Social and Family Development Faishal Ibrahim noted the need for "a cultural shift and mindset change" to encourage men and women to share caregiving and household roles more equally.
Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Social and Family Development Faishal Ibrahim noted the need for "a cultural shift and mindset change" to encourage men and women to share caregiving and household roles more equally.PHOTO: ST FILE

Worried about childcare arrangements for her firstborn son, project engineer Lim M.H., then aged 30, had no qualms about stopping work to care for him full time.

"Traditionally, I felt I should be the one to quit my job instead of my husband, as he is the head of the family," she recalled. It made sense, she added, since he was taking a part-time degree, which would make his job prospects better.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 18, 2018, with the headline 'Men may face similar pressures over choices'. Subscribe