Submitted by Natalia Paz on Monday 6th September 2021
Published on Tuesday 14th September 2021
Current status: Open
Open until: Monday 14th March 2022
Current Signatures: 59
(count is updated approximately hourly)
Increase paternity leave to at least 4 weeks fully paid leave
Increase paternity leave from 2 weeks (on potentially reduced pay) to at least 4 weeks fully paid leave, to allow them to support new mothers and better bond with their newborns.
2 weeks paid leave (which can be at a reduced rate) isn’t sufficient for fathers to bond with their newborns and support their partners.
In cases with traumatic birth or even C sections mothers may not even be able to move properly and they need their partners at home.
Some EU countries already have substantially more generous paternity leave arrangements for new fathers.
It isn’t a case of reducing maternity leave so paternity leave is longer, but granting new rights to fathers, which should also help mental and physical well-being for mothers.
If you want to sign this petition (as opposed to merely discuss it), you need to do that on the government's e-Petitions website.
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