The Minister will have more men on maternity leave, in order to increase gender equality

Denmark has fallen back on ligestillingsrangliste. It is not satisfactory, says Mogens Jensen (S). There is still a large piece of work to increase the Danish

The Minister will have more men on maternity leave, in order to increase gender equality

Denmark has fallen back on ligestillingsrangliste. It is not satisfactory, says Mogens Jensen (S).

There is still a large piece of work to increase the Danish gender equality.

that is How it sounds from the minister Mogens Jensen (S), after Denmark in the annual report on equality by the World Economic Forum (WEF) has dropped from a 13.-place in 2018, a 14.-place in 2019.

- It is clear that it is not satisfactory with the position, Denmark.

- It just shows that we continue to have a variety of challenges on gender equality, as we should have tackled. The government will, and I put us in the forefront of efforts to get to tackle, says Mogens Jensen.

He points, among other things, that you have to have offset the pay gap between men and women, that more women come to the forefront as leaders, and that you have to have more men to take maternity leave.

In relation to the latter, the EU has already decided to earmark two months of parental leave for men in all member states. It is expected to be introduced in Denmark by 2022.

recently, The confederation of Danish Industry, Denmark's largest employer and business organisation, proposed to go a step further and ensure that men take more than just two months of maternity leave.

It is a proposal that the government listens to in the work to implement it, the EU directive.

- There is no doubt that the government wants to ensure a situation where men take more maternity leave than they do today, says Mogens Jensen.

- This work is under the auspices of the minister of employment, where he just sits together with the social partners, and to find out which system to apply in Denmark on the basis of the EU directive, there is.

- There are recorded from the Danish Industry a good record, which will also be included in the work, he says.

In the latest report on equality from WEF topper Denmark's nordic neighbours the list of the countries that are the most equal in the world.

Iceland, Norway, Finland and Sweden is thus located on the upper seats.

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Updated Date: 19 December 2019, 11:00

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