Bill grants fathers paid paternity leave

first_imgThe government has drafted legislation granting men two weeks of paternity leave with pay, labour minister Zeta Emilianidou said on Tuesday.The minister also said the government is mulling introducing a widower’s allowance, in order to eliminate discrimination between the sexes.In the meantime, another bill is being prepared that would grant special maternity leave to mothers who have to travel abroad for medical treatment, either for themselves or for their children.MPs were additionally informed that the labour minister is open to the idea of paying full pen-sions to a certain sub-category of conscripts serving in the army in 1974.At present, persons who opt for early retirement at the age of 63 but who cannot complete the necessary number of pensionable years of service, see their pensions docked by 12 per cent.MPs, particularly from the Edek party, want these cases to be given a special dispensation so that they receive their pensions in full in recognition of their service in defence of the home-land.Greens deputy George Perdikis said it was a “scandal” that people who fought in 1974 should not receive a full pension while the government was bringing bills increasing the pensions of Central Bank officials.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Justin Brake APTN News On Friday Canada and the Na

first_imgJustin BrakeAPTN NewsOn Friday Canada and the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) signed an agreement they say will give Indigenous women greater say in federal decision-making processes that impact Indigenous peoples.“Today is an important step towards reconciliation in Canada,” NWAC President Francyne Joe said during a signing ceremony in Ottawa.“After 45 years of NWAC advocating for women of many Indigenous nations, this is the first time Canada is entering into an agreement to ensure fair and equal inclusion of Indigenous women, girls and gender diverse people in the development and design process of programs, services, policies and laws.”The parties will “jointly establish” policy priorities that they will “review and discuss on a semi-annual basis through meetings with the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Canada, the Minister of Indigenous Services Canada and other key federal Cabinet Ministers,” the accord reads.The accord’s terms of reference will be co-developed, and “enhanced core-like” funding for NWAC “for a term of three years or until a longer-term multi-year core agreement can be negotiated,” the accord states.Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett, who signed the agreement on behalf of Canada, said it is “about NWAC’s ability to have the ongoing relationship with the Government of Canada, so they can continue to play the critical role about how to build a better future for Indigenous women, children and all members of the community.”NWAC was founded in 1974 to represent the interests of First Nations, Metis and Inuit women and children through research and advocacy.“On this day, Feb. 1, 2019, our critical and unique perspective, priorities and political voices will be heard at decision-making tables,” Joe said Friday, adding the accord means NWAC will have “meaningful participation” in government“It also means NWAC will be able to bring forward the voices of grassroots of Indigenous women, girls and gender diverse peoples.”Bennett said the accord represents an important step in decolonization.“The settlers arrived and only spoke to the men. The Indian Act moved women out of their communities and into communities where they were less safe,” she said.“When we see women in leadership positions we know that that is a measure of how we are doing on this journey of self-determination and decolonization.”Joe said that “for too long the voices of our matriarchs, our knowledge keepers and our water carriers were omitted. They were silenced, and they were ignored.“We were left out of conversations directly affecting our families, our communities, our nations. Today this changes,” she added.“This accord means Indigenous women girls and gender diverse people play an important role in the development of laws, programs and policies affecting them.“It means we are full and equal participants in all engagement process impacting our communities.“It means our inherent right to self-government and self-determination is upheld and respected.“It means Indigenous women of many different nations are included as equal stakeholders and decision-makers in our traditional governance systems as well as Canada’s democratic institutions.”Bennett said “when women are empowered, their families, communities and all Canada benefits. And this accord means that we’re going to do just that.”jbrake@aptn.ca@JustinBrakeNewslast_img read more