The running mate to flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) John Mahama in this year’s elections, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, has promised that if their party wins the elections, the maternity leave period will be increased from three months to four months.
The labour law grants women a maternity leave period of at least 12 weeks.
But speaking at a gathering to mark International Youth Day on Wednesday, August 13, Prof Opoku-Agyemang said: “I sympathize with young mothers, but you will be happy to know when our manifesto is launched that we have increased the maternity leave [period].
“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 nine months, the woman truly has time.”
Prof. Opoku-Agyemang further said there are many interventions and developments that will be undertaken by the NDC administration because the party has that track record.
“It was during the time of John Evans Atta Mills that Kotokuraba market was initiated, it was completed by John Mahama and there is a daycare in that place. It was during the time of John Mahama that the Kejetia market was initiated and completed, there is a daycare in that place. Who cares more about women?” she quizzed.