Thursday, June 13, 2019
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Richest countries skimp on parental leave: UNICEF

Some of the wealthiest nations in the world provide little or no government-supported maternity or paternity leave for new parents. Paid leave for mothers allows them to focus on their child's development while staying connected to their jobs, while paternity leave helps fathers bond with their children and balance the domestic weight placed on mothers. The report found that leave for fathers was often shorter but paid more than maternity leave. Of the 41 countries surveyed, about half offered six months or more paid leave for mothers, the minimum length UNICEF advocated for in the report. Read More