New Mothers in Tibet to Get 1 Year Maternity Leave
New mothers in Tibet could now enjoy a year of paid maternity leave, according to a new regulation passed by the People's Congress on Nov. 30.
The recently submitted law will not only entitle women a 365-day paid maternity leave but also grant husbands a month-long paid leave to help in the care of the newborn, according to a report by the Global Times.
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With the new draft law in place, Tibet is poised to have the best maternity leave privilege in the whole of China.
In Tibet, rural Tibetans are not bound by the two-child policy and are allowed to have as many children as they wish. Urban Tibetans and the ethnic minorities are, however, expected to still abide by the two-child policy. The Han community in the region was under strict regulations in regard to the one-child policy until this year when it was lifted and they were then allowed to have two children.
According to a report by the South China Morning Post, various regions worldwide vary in terms of maternal leave given to parents after the birth of a child.
Currently, Sweden takes the lead with parents being given 480 days worth of leave. This is followed by Australia and England, which stand at 52 and 50 weeks, respectively.
Asian communities enjoy the least duration of the maternity leave. In Singapore, mothers get a 16-week leave, while Japan grants 14 weeks. Hong Kong mothers get the least period with only 10 weeks.