APLEN (Advancing Parental Leave Equality Network) is a network of organisations established as part of a commitment to lead UN global gender equality efforts to advocate and advance parental leave equality in Australia. Australia has the least generous statutory Paid Parental Leave scheme amongst OECD nations; men continue to take less than 5% of parental leave in Australia. APLEN's purpose is to break the breadwinner/homemaker mould by educating and inspiring organisations with innovative policies, practices and case studies on how to lead a family friendly, gender equal workplace, starting with parental leave. Parents At Work believe it is vital to shine a light on anything that prevents men from sharing the caring and thus take a lead role in initiating a number of APLEN initiatives to ensure gender equality on all fronts is addressed. For more information or to join the APLEN network visit www.aplen.com.au