New Zealand approves paid leave after miscarriage

Jeniel Lamb

3 years ago

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While not every woman will experience a miscarriage, 10 to 15% of pregnancies end in miscarriage explains This tragedy explains why New Zealand became one of few countries to offer leave for women who suffer miscarriages. The bill was approved recently and it’s in its final stages to become law.

Women in the country will be entitled to three days’ leave – from work after a miscarriage under this new law. 

This bill was put forward by the country’s Labour Minister Ginny Andersen. 

This motion will make New Zealand the second country to provide this time off stated Andersen. India allows women six weeks of leave after a miscarriage. 

“I can only hope that while we may be one of the first, we will not be one of the last, and that other countries will also begin to legislate for a compassionate and fair leave system that recognizes the pain and the grief that comes from miscarriage and stillbirth,” 

shared the MP.

The country has been changing many female rights laws-they changed their abortion laws in 2020. 

This might be because of their current prime minister ministers election- Jacinda Arden is the face of change.