In Ghana paid maternity leave lasts for just 84 days, ln reality less than 3 months and this is just for the woman. This has become a major concern for many women since they have to leave their babies that early to resume work.
What makes it even worse is that our facilities are not baby friendly. There are no nursery’s and many women begin to have struggles how to keep their jobs and care for the little ones.
Men have no paid leave compounding the problem of the new mother. She does not get the support of her husband/partner and will have to struggle alone.
Babies tend to suffer and some end up getting sick due to the inadequate care and poor breastfeeding practice they end up receiving.
The Finnish government, led by a 34 year old woman, which was only appointed in December, said both parents would get a paid leave allowance of #164 days, or around 6.6 months paid leave.
The pregnant parent also can receive one month of pregnancy allowance even before the parental leave starts. #wow!
The new policy is designed to be gender-neutral and will come into effect as soon as fall 2021. It will eliminate gender-based allowances that currently grant about four months of paid leave to mothers and about two months to fathers.
Parents will be permitted to transfer 69 days from their own quota to the other parent. A single parent will have access to the allowance for both parents.
The government estimates that the increased leave will cost 100 million euros (about $110 million). Reuters reports that Finland’s previous center-right government explored parental leave reform in 2018 but decided it would be too expensive.
This is one of the measures they are putting in place to help encourage women to have babies and also help to their population to grow. Finland is said to have an aging population.
This measure will also give both men and women equal opportunities to take part in the care of their new born.
It is my hope that we in Africa, especially Ghana will put measures in place to protect the new born child. They are the future of this country!
There will be increased productivity if women are given a conducive environment, that supports breastfeeding and child care at work.
Men’s should be given some paid leave to support their partners who have just given birth.
And yes before I end this write up… Yes we understand the economies are different, our problems are different! But we can start from some where
Finally Kudos to #GuinessGhana for the introduction of their extended maternity leave to six months.
Waiting for the next company/organization to bring policies that will support child bearing women and breastfeeding in Ghana
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