Maternity leave should be increased – Kadaga

The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has advocated for the increment of maternity as an affirmative action towards improving working conditions for women.

Kadaga said that the mandatory 30 days given to mothers after giving birth is not enough because sometimes special attention is required for some children.

She said this during her opening remarks at the Annual Leadership Women Conference organised by the Federation of Uganda Employers on Friday 25, October, 2019 at Serena Conference Hall, Kampala.

Kadaga added that some employers have gone ahead to disregard and dishonor maternity leave.

“I know a bank which granted a woman who had just given birth two weeks to nurse her new born and return to work or lose her job,” she added.

Kadaga urged the Ministry of Gender to push for and Employers to allow mothers more time for maternity leave and also set up baby nursing centres for their.

She added that society is not very kind to women who find themselves in this situation.

“I want to encourage the employers to set up day care centres and I know the Ministry of Gender directed all government institutions and agencies to set up baby centres,” Kadaga said.

The Speaker said that Parliament has taken the initiative to install the Equal Opportunities Commission which makes sure that gender sensitivity is employed at all levels government decision making.

She further noted that Parliament has also set up a baby centre to help nursing mothers.

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