92 Countries Have No National Policy Allowing Paid Paternity Leave, UNICEF Analysis Shows

NPR: Which Countries Guarantee That New Dads Get Paid Paternity Leave?
“What do China, India, South Sudan, and the United States have in common? They are among the 92 countries where there is no national policy that allow dads to take paid time off work to care for their newborns…” (Gharib, 6/14).

Quartz: The shameful state of paid paternal leave worldwide
“…[I]n 92 countries, new dads don’t have access to adequate paid time off to bond with their newborn babies. A new analysis released by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) shows that ‘almost two-thirds of the world’s children under one year old — nearly 90 million — live in countries where their fathers are not entitled by law to a single day of paid paternity leave’…” (Timsit, 6/14).

U.N. News: UNICEF urges all countries to provide ‘Super Dads’ with paid leave
“…Evidence suggests that when fathers bond with their infants, they are more likely to play an active role in their child’s development. Research also suggests that when children positively interact with their fathers, they have better psychological health, self-esteem, and long-term satisfaction in life…” (6/14).

Xinhua News: Two-thirds of children live in countries where Dads don’t get paternity leave: UNICEF
“…UNICEF urged governments to implement national family-friendly policies that support early childhood development, including paid paternity leave, to help provide parents with the time, resources, and information they need to care for their children…” (6/14).

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