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Words by Abi Scaife

Baby dolls have been strapped to iconic statues to raise awareness of insufficient paternity leave in the UK.

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Five of the 100 iconic Antony Gormley statues on Crosby Beach had babies strapped to their chests as part of a campaign for better paternity leave in the UK.

Wails filled the beach as campaigners played a recording of babies crying to make a statement about parental rights.

The charity, Pregnant Then Screwed, was behind the campaign – a ‘cry for help’ as political parties debate parental rights.

The five statues represent the 5% of fathers who access shared parental leave – and to let politicians know that something needs to change.

To learn more about Pregnant Then Screwed and their advice and campaigns, you can visit their website.

Charity check-in 

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

The Association of Breastfeeding Mothers. The ABM is a breastfeeding charity dedicated to supporting breastfeeding mums and families. Find out more.

Tommy’s. They are dedicated to finding causes and treatments to save babies’ lives as well as providing trusted pregnancy and baby loss information and support. Support them here.

The Breastfeeding Network. This charity is an independent source of support and information for breastfeeding women and others. Learn more here.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs