09 Feb '11, 5am

AWARE calls for paternity leave to be mandated by law

AWARE calls for paternity leave to be mandated by law

SINGAPORE: The Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE) called for the government to make several policy changes to support gender equality and improved parenting leave - at a time when Singapore's total fertility rate (TFR) has dropped to an all-time low. In particular, it asked for paternity leave to be mandated by law. AWARE suggested that a 'parenting present' of S$4,000 be offered to couples where the father opts for parental leave. The organisation said it finds support in the views expressed by about 1,000 working parents in a recent survey it conducted. When asked whether they thought paternity leave should be made compulsory, about nine in 10 said 'yes.' Most explained that paternity leave would allow fathers to be more involved in parenting. Nearly six out of 10 respondents also like the last four weeks of maternity leave to be transferable from mothe...

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