Can Male Parental Leave Alleviate Discrimination Against Women in the Workplace?
Uploaded Time: 2017-06-26

East China's Jiangsu Provincial Government recently released a local implementation draft to the Law on the Protection of Rights and Interests of Women for public opinions. 

The draft stipulates that men are entitled to enjoy no less than 15 days extra leave when their wives are on maternity leave in addition to 15 days of paternity leave granted by the law. 

This means that working men in Jiangsu Province will enjoy at least 30-days leave to take care of their spouse and newborn. 

Netizens: The new regulation may reduce women's worries of fertility

Many netizens believed that joint paternal and maternal leave would promote the sharing of childcare between husband and wife so as to reduce women's concerns related to having babies.

Some people said that the new measure would also promote the equity of employment between men and women, because both of them will enjoy paid parental leave. 

However, some netizens also worry about their job promotion and salary increase if they ask for parental leave. 

In addition, some people complain that paternity leave is still in suspense, not to mention parental leave. 

Can the new draft alleviate gender discrimination in employment?

Su Hainan, vice-chairperson of the China Association for Labor Studies, said that joint parental leave aims to enhance the public's consciousness that both men and women should shoulder domestic responsibility. Male parental leave actually clarifies that men have a shared responsibility for raising children. 

To a certain extent, the implementation measure can also promote equal employment between men and women, said the vice-chairperson.

Su also pointed out that the move is also likely to have a negative effect on some unmarried job seekers or those who are married with no children. 

Some gender experts believe that this measure may have little effect on discrimination against women in the workplace, but it is still worth exploring. 

(Source: / Translated and edited by Gender Study Network)