No paid leave for many new fathers
NEW YORK: The fathers of almost two-thirds of infants worldwide are not entitled to paid paternity leave, according to a Unicef analysis released today.
Almost 90 million children under the age of 1 lived in 92 countries where there were no legal obligations to provide paid paternity allowance, it said.
The UN children’s fund urged countries to adopt family- friendly policies. “Positive and meaningful interaction with mothers and fathers from the very beginning helps to shape children’s brain growth and development for life, making them healthier and happier,” said Unicef executive director Henrietta Fore.
India and Nigeria, which have high infant populations, were among the countries with no legal paid leave for dads.
Countries including Brazil and the Democratic Republic of Congo, offered relatively short-term entitlements.
Globally, 109 countries offered national paid paternity leave policies in some form.
Germany was among the best ranked countries in the world in terms of paternity packages, alongside Finland, Iceland, Norway, South Korea and Sweden, according to Unicef. – DPA/African News Agency (ANA)