|The Standing Committee of 13th Jiangsu Provincial People's Congress holds a press conference about its regulation on the protection of rights and interests of women on March 28. [jstv.com]|
The Standing Committee of 13th Jiangsu Provincial People's Congress voted for a regulation on the protection of women's rights and interests at its second session on March 28.
In addition to the access to existing rules about 15-day paid paternity leave, local male employees are expected to have five more days at least to stay at home with their wives and babies from June 1 this year in accordance with the regulation.
Therefore, Jiangsu has become the first province across the country to support the practice of joint parental leave for husbands and wives.
According to an official from the local women's federation, the new regulation aims to encourage husbands to share parenting duties and other household chores, and to create a harmonious family environment conducive for children's healthy growth.
However, relevant employers have the final say in deciding whether their employees will enjoy the privilege or not, since the specification is not compulsory.
(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)