Childcare is still considered a woman’s work in Africa, but things are slowly changing.
Over the years, some countries have even gone ahead to include paternity leave for fathers in addition to the maternity leave bestowed to mothers.
The discussion about paternity leave has been ongoing for many countries, including Nigeria. The lower house in Nigeria recently rejected a paternity leave bill, with the reason that the economy and culture is still not ready for it.
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Some countries such as Algeria, Mali, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania do not have paternity leave per se, they only provide a few days for the fathers to be absent from work after their spouses’ delivery.
However, there are countries that have provided paid paternity leave for five days or more.