Paternity leave — many countries have them but do men even take them?

Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 4:24pm


The news that Japan’s environment minister will take paternity leave is a big deal. It challenges the stereotype of the work-obsessed Japanese and the country's very traditional gender roles around who takes care of children. But Shinjiro Koizumi is only taking two weeks when the policy allows him to take up to a year. Therein lies the conundrum: Many countries have paternity leave policies, but many men don't take them. Host Marco Werman speaks with Anna Gromada, a Social and Economic Policy Consultant for UNICEF.