The bereavement allowance, passed unanimously in parliament late Wednesday, gives employees three days off when a pregnancy ends in a stillbirth without having to dip into sick leave. “The passage of this bill shows that once again New Zealand is leading the way in progressive and compassionate legislation, becoming the second country in the world to grant miscarriage and stillbirth leave,” he said. said Labor Party MP Ginny Andersen, who pitched the bill.
“The bill will give women and their partners time to come to terms with their loss without having to dip into sick leave. Because their grief is not a disease, it is a loss. And the loss takes time. ”
The leave provisions apply to mothers, their partners as well as parents who plan to have a child through adoption or surrogacy, she said.
WATCH | New Zealand MP Ginny Andersen on the need for paid leave after miscarriage:
One in four New Zealand women has miscarried, Andersen said in her statement.
In India, women are entitled to six weeks leave after miscarriage.
New Zealand was the first country in the world to grant women the right to vote and was a pioneer on issues relating to women’s rights.
The ruling center-left Labor government is led by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, considered a world champion for women. His government passed a law last year to decriminalize abortion after decades of campaigning by activists.