The maternal and child welfare bill is expected to become a new weapon for the Indonesian government to tackle stunting problems.
It will also accelerate efforts to reduce stunting prevalence in the country.
The law contains 152 articles that regulate the prevention, eradication, and handling of sexual violence as well as the protection of and rehabilitation for victims of sexual violence.
Employees Can Get 40-Day Paternity Leave in Maternal and Child Welfare Bill
The suggestion is included in Article 6 of the bill’s draft – which also regulates paternity leave of up to seven days in the event of miscarriage or stillbirth.
Deputy chairman of the House of Representatives' legislation committee Willy Aditya said the bill seeks to support husbands to be able to accompany their wives after a birth and/or loss of pregnancy.
“The House of Representatives highlighted the rising awareness among fathers to be involved in their child’s care. And through the KIA bill, we will push for paternity leave because [it] protects the rights of husbands to be with their wives during birth and 40 days after becoming new parents,” Aditya said on Tuesday, June 21.
Aside from the focus on male workers, the maternal and child welfare bill also proposes maternity leave to be extended to up to six months. As of now, eligible maternity leave in Indonesia is only three months, as regulated in Law No. 13/2003 on Manpower.
The Law also regulates a two-day leave for men whose wives give birth. However, civil servants (PNS) are able to submit paternity leave request for up to one month.
The House of Representatives aims to make the bill a law, and further deliberation will take place.