Vietnamese men are set to get up to 14 days’ paternity leave following amendments to the Social Insurance Law that take effect in January.
They will be entitled to paid leave of five to 14 days depending on whether it is a single child or more and a natural birth or C-section.
The International Labor Organization has been urging Vietnam to provide paternity leave, which 78 countries do, to recognize men’s right to parenthood and their responsibility to share unpaid care and household work to promote greater gender equality.
Spain gives new fathers two weeks of fully paid leave while the UK gives them as much time but with a fifth of their salary.
South Korea and Japan provide the longest period of leave -- as long as one year with part salary -- followed by Western European countries.
Vietnam’s 2012 Labor Code increased maternity leave from four to six months, which is among the longest in Asia.
It also applies to the birth mother in case of surrogacy.
In case of adoption, one of the adoptive parents will get paid leave until the baby is six months old.