Same-sex couples will soon be able to take paid parental leave in South Africa

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The new legislation allows parents to have 10 paid days of parental leave. And the terminology of the bill is completely gender-neutral, so same-sex couples are also involved and surrogate parents are mentioned separately. Adoptive parents will be given two months. The bill requires one more vote and if it succeeds then the last step for it to become a law is to be signed by the country’s President. Sonke Gender Justice, a non-profit organisation that works towards human rights advancements across Africa, welcomed the change. This bill is a landmark achievement for LGBTQI rights in South Africa, since it is gender-neutral and allows for adoption and surrogacy leave,” said Wessel van den Berg, the children’s rights manager at Sonke. The bill now allows for all parents to access leave. This includes fathers and adoptive parents.”

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