In Germany, they have parental leave, rather than maternity/paternity leave and there are provisions in place that pressure fathers to take the leave. For example, a couple can take 14 months paid parental leave (at 65% of their pre-lwave salary) but only if both parents take at least two months leave. If one parent doesn’t take at least two months, the couple only get 12 months paid leave.

This obviously doesn’t overcome the issue of paid caregiving leave, which would also protect those individuals (predominantly women) who may not have children but who still act as caregivers for elderly, sick and disabled relatives.

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Specialist in modern authoritarianism, feminist, political scientist in progress (PhD). Everyday academia, low-brow, no jargon/acronyms/obscure Latin.

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Abbey Heffer

Abbey Heffer

Specialist in modern authoritarianism, feminist, political scientist in progress (PhD). Everyday academia, low-brow, no jargon/acronyms/obscure Latin.

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