If you’re a new father in Singapore, you’ve got a total of ZERO days of paternity leave at your disposal. New mothers, on the other hand, receive four months. The Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE) sees this disparity and wants something done pronto. Singapore has four official languages, so we just gave it to you in Spanish instead.
AWARE said in a conference today (or yesterday, depending on the side of the world you’re on) that there are many reasons for the low birth rate in Singapore, but it’d sure help if mothers and fathers got equal treatment. Evidently, in societies where women are “forced” to be the sole caregiver, the birthrate is lower. If you have raised a small child, you know – if all you have to look forward to day and night is crying and crap-diaper changes, chances are you’re not having more than one.