The Case for Paternity Leave in Ghana: Imperatives and Implications for Gender Parity

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Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 792)


The aim of this paper is to make a persuasive case for the provision of paid paternity leave for fathers in Ghana by describing several benefits of paternity leave to the family and the business as a whole. The paper examines the arguments for paternity leave through series of literature review, the position of law on paid paternity leave in Ghana and its implications for gender parity. The paper also presents examples of countries that have ratified the ILO conventions on paternity leave provisions and enshrined them in their country-specific legal regulatory frameworks. Given the diverse benefits of paid paternity leave around the world, the need for paternity leave has become a necessity if not obligatory. The paper makes a strong case for expedite action on the amendment of Ghana’s labour law to incorporate at least five days paid leave for fathers in relation to childbirth in Ghana.


Paternity leave Family and business case Legislation Regulation Gender parity Ghana 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Ghana Business SchoolLegonGhana
  2. 2.University of EducationWinnebaGhana

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