Changes are under way concerning leave for fathers after the birth of their child: in 1994, 40 countries across the world guaranteed the right to paternity leave; in 2011, this figure was 78, and in 2021 it was already 115. Spain is in the lead: employers are obliged to grant fathers six weeks of fully paid family time immediately after the birth with the option of an additional ten weeks within the first year. In Kenya, men can take two weeks of paternity leave. In Germany, a law is set to be introduced in 2024 to transpose the EU Work-Life Balance Directive into national law, also guaranteeing two weeks of paternity leave.
Sources: ILO, European Parliament, Africapay.org