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Back in the 1990s, only 46 countries had a paid leave policy for fathers, largely high-income nations, per the policy center's data. Now the number is nearly three times as high.

Sixty-three percent of countries around the world provide guaranteed paid parental leave for fathers, according to a report from the World Policy Analysis Center.

Though support is growing for paternity leave, there's still a stigma attached to men who take time off to care for their children. Yet, studies find numerous benefits for the economy, for fathers, and for their partners.

Increasing the uptake of leave by fathers is important because it is thought to enhance gender equality at home, can have positive effects on a child’s development and may reduce the barriers to parenthood.

Source: Axios