09 Feb '11, 8am

AWARE calls for paternity leave to be mandated by lay to entrench gender equality.

Policies to support gender equality and improved parenting leave needed if Singapore hopes to reverse declining birth rate trend. Singapore 9th February – AWARE called for comprehensive changes to parental leave in a press conference today, held at its Dover Crescent premises. There are many reasons for Singapore’s low birth rate, but two important factors in trying to reverse the trend are better support for parenting responsibilities and policies that promote gender equality. Studies have shown a direct correlation, in developed nations, between the level of gender equality in a society and its total fertility rate (TFR). When women have to bear the bulk of childcare responsibilities, they are less inclined to have children. Where there are policies that support gender equality and equally shared childcare duties between father and mother, more babies are born. Singapore...

Full article: http://www.aware.org.sg/2011/02/paternity-leave-should-be...

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