Brazil’s Family Minister Proposes One-Year Maternity Leave, Three Months for Fathers

In an interview, Damares proposes to extend maternity and paternity leave. While advocating the proposal, Damares says she is aware that "industry will react," and she knows that the decision rests with Congress.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Minister of Women, Family and Human Rights, Damares Alves, 55, suggests extending both maternity and paternity leave in Brazil: for one year, instead of the current 120 days for mothers, and two or three months, instead of the five days granted today to fathers.

"I advocate for more time for the mother with the child at home," said the minister, the second guest of UOL and Folha's joint interview program . . .

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