In Singapore, the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) hopes the government will consider granting two weeks of paid paternity leave, besides the current 16 weeks of maternity leave, that may be shared with the mother in the baby's first year.
Compulsory paternity leave is essential for gender equality, and eliminates a potential excuse for discrimination against female employees. It also helps create a sense of family, as both parents are able to spend quality time with the child. However, not all families are able to afford paternity leave.
There are still battles to be fought in the workplace concerning paternal leave.