The opposition National Democratic Congress has increased maternity leave in Ghana from three to four months in their yet to be launched manifesto.
This was revealed by Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, running mate to John Mahama in a conversation with the youth on the International Youth Day.
According to Prof. Opoku-Agyemang, lactating mothers will be given the permission to work half their usual time until their wards are 9-month old.
“I sympathize with mothers but you will be happy to know when our manifesto is launched that we have increased the maternity leave.
“We have moved it from three months to four months, fully paid maternity leave and we are also going to ensure that until the child is 9 months, the woman truly works half time,” she said.
The Former Education Minister indicated that the NDC government places priority on the welfare of and hence their willingness to allow women partake in the decision making at the top.
“Sometimes decisions are made that for corporate social responsibility the company must invest in a certain sport, it’s fine, they must sponsor football, there’s nothing wrong with it but who are the people making the decision?
“None of them babysits, none of them changes diapers, none of them carries a baby and looks at the computer, none of them breastfeeds, spoon feeds and reads at the same time so why would they make the decision for you? So this is why we need to support this decision that has been made,” she added.
She argued that the records available shows the NDC places much importance on the welfare of women than the alternative government.
“I want all of us to know that it was during the time of H.E John Evans Atta-Mills that Kotokraba market was initiated. It was completed by H.E John Dramani Mahama and there’s a day care in that place.
“It was during the time of John Dramani Mahama that Kejetia market was initiated and completed, there’s a day care in that place. So you see, who cares about women? she asked.