Paternity leave grows more and more

This 2017 brought the leave for paternity. An opportunity for parents to spend time with their children without prejudice to the permission that mothers enjoy having a child. An attempt to facilitate conciliation and allow both parents to be involved in the upbringing of their children. Are men responding to this tool introduced earlier this year?

The data they offer from the Social Security services reveal that they do. The number of parents who requested the leave for paternity It has not stopped growing. In fact, the number of men who requested this permission after the birth of their children was very close to that of women who did the same in the first half of this year 2017.


Upward trend

Since the implantation of paternity leave in January 2017 until June of the same year a total of 122,183 parents They took advantage of this loss to dedicate themselves to the care of their children. In the case of women were 134,726 mothers who did the same to stay at home with their children after the birth of them. Some numbers that in six months have been compared very much.

A difference of little more than 12,500 cases and that show that despite the initial fears of many parents, they have finally decided to bet on the involvement in the upbringing of their children. Many men were reluctant to request this leave as it could involve certain problems on the part of their bosses when requesting to leave their post during these four weeks.


An insufficient permit

However, although these data are a sample of the effectiveness of these tools in favor of reconciliation, there are those who consider these permits insufficient. This is the case of the Platform for Equal and Untransferable Permits of Birth and Adoption, PPIINA. This Association indicates that even the extension to five weeks promised for next 2018 will not be enough either.

The five weeks of paternity leave, as opposed to maternity leave, continues to be a very important goal insignificant for PPIINA. This platform points out that the current society that claims real equality in the right to take care of children. To do this, it puts on the table different surveys indicate that 92% of parents and 93% of mothers agree on the total equalization of both permits.


For this platform the paternity permission of 4 weeks It will have a negative effect if it is currently planned as it implies an interrupted enjoyment. In this way, couples would not be allowed to take turns to extend the time of care; men would not be given the option to stay in charge of the baby; and the pressure on mothers to extend their maternity leave with leave or reductions in working hours that will penalize them in employment will not be alleviated.

Damián Montero

Video: The Battle For Paternity Leave


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