paternity leave, paternity allowance, family, child, employer, family policy


The content of the article reflects some results of the sociological study "Implementation of paternity leave in the Republic of Moldova" conducted by the author in 2022. Paternity leave is an important tool that allows to enhance the role of father and husband/partner. Being on paternity leave generated for all fathers participating in the study a positive impact for him, the newborn, the wife and other family members. Although the Moldovan authorities provide suitable conditions for accessing paternity leave, the proportion of fathers taking paternity leave is low. Simply offering paternity leave is not enough, as fathers face many social, professional, financial and cultural difficulties in accessing it. The data from interviews with fathers who took paternity leave and fathers who did not take paternity leave showed that their profile differed according to socio-demographic characteristics, work situation, level of pay, relationship with the wife and her professional status. The article concludes with recommendations to increase the take-up of paternity leave and to increase the number of fathers who are with their mothers and newborn babies after birth to support them and enjoy the full exercise of their role as fathers.

Author Biography


PhD, National Institut for Economic Research, Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova, Chișinău, Republic of Moldova


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