No paid leave for many new fa­thers

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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)

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