Thursday, October 5, 2017

Rwanda: Taking Stock of Maternity Leave Benefits Scheme

It is over eight months since the new law on maternity leave was published in the national gazette, effectively compelling all employers to implement maternity leave benefits scheme. The law facilitates working mothers to have access to fully paid maternity leave. But months down the road, has the maternity leave benefits scheme achieved the anticipated benefits? It is an affirmative yes for gender activists who argue that the scheme has created stability and career development among working mothers. Jean Bosco Murangira, the director of women economic empowerment at the Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion, says his evaluation of the maternity law since it was passed shows that the maternity leave benefits scheme has provided women a platform to exercise their rights in the... Read More