UN Insists Women Should Stay Home And Look After Their Babies

This seems a rather career limiting insistence by the United Nations – that women really must just stay home with their babies for the good of the future society. For that is what is being said with this statement that longer maternity leaves are, by definition, good:

UK among least family-friendly countries in OECD, survey finds
League table compiled based on parental leave and childcare levels puts UK in bottom third

The assumption really is that more maternity leave is better. Because:

The UK is among the least family-friendly of the world’s richest countries, according to a Unicef assessment of policies on child care and parental leave. While Estonia offers women 85 weeks’ maternity leave at full pay after having a baby, the UK comes out as one of the meanest of the 41 countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development(OECD), placing 31st with an offer of six weeks at 90% of pay and 33 weeks at a lower rate – equivalent to 12 weeks of full pay, according to the data.

Aren’t we meanies for suggesting that women are in fact adults, that a little helping hand with life’s choices is great but that own two feet should be the general rule. For:

Unicef says family-friendly policies matter because they underpin not only the personal development of children but the establishment of “cohesive societies”. “There is no time more critical to children’s brain development, and therefore their futures, than the earliest years of life,” said Henrietta Fore, Unicef’s executive director. “We need governments to help provide parents with the support they need to create a nurturing environment for their young children. And we need the support and influence of the private sector to make this happen.”

So there we have it, women should stay at home with their babies and everyone else in society should chip in to make this possible.

Quite why this is so different from the bloke she’s been shagging chipping in to support her at home to raise babby isn’t explained. It’s still an intensely conservative view of the role of women in society, isn’t it? Kinder, Kuche und – well the religion bit’s not all that popular these days but the rest of it would make sense to the past, wouldn’t it?

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Also misses the fact that is statutory maternity pay, market forces mean many companies actually offer far better than that.

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Quite what the extent of the state’s support for young families should be is debatable. What is not is that in the early part of life parental presence, especially the mother’s, fosters better outcomes for the child.