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Knowledge and Attitudes of Male Employees towards Paternity Leave in Iringa Municipality, Tanzania

Nzali, A.S.; Philipo, F.

This study aims to establish the knowledge and attitudes of male employees towards paternity leave in Iringa Municipality. A cross-sectional research design and multistage sampling technique were used to select 150 male employees from private and public sectors. Respondents’ awareness on paternity leave was captured by using open and closed ended questions. Attitudes of male employees towards paternity leave were captured by using a five-point Likert Scale. Findings show that the majority of male employees were not aware of paternity leave in the study area. The study found that the majority of male employees were aware of paid paternity leave did not apply for. Furthermore, the study revealed that male employees had unfavourable attitude towards paternity leave. The study recommends for workers’ trade unions to increase efforts in educating their members about paternity leave and its benefits as it will help to change male employees’ negative attitude towards paternity leave.

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