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Women’s group opposes government baby grant

by | Sep 12, 2014

NEWS GRAPHIC 7One women’s group believes that the Government’s baby grant will stymy women’s development in the country.

The Women’s Institute for Alternative Development has stated that the criterion for the fund is demeaning to women.

They also feel that it is intolerant to the needs of single mothers.

The group has taken issue with the fact that a mother must attend a parental workshop in order to be eligible to receive the grant.

The group also believes that the household ceiling cap of $3000 will create a rift between social classes of women.

Theyalso think that this reinforces Gender norms, and does not promote the role of the father.

The group reasons that based on this, the full burden of child care is placed squarely on the shoulders of the woman.

They say if the Government is serious about family friendly policies then the baby grant should be offered as an element of the package.

It should include increased maternity leave, after child care services and training and sustainable employment for the women who qualify for the program.

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