Recognition for Paternity Leave: South Korea
To combat a declining fertility rate, in recent years the government of South Korea has offered increased financial aid to parents who apply for leave from work. Although guaranteed paternity leave by law, many fathers discover that upon returning to work, they face overt harassment such as lack of promotions, or more subtle interference. In response, support groups aspire to create a legal framework that protects working fathers, and to change society's perception of them.
Journalist Oh Se-sung was the first person at his company to take paternity leave
NGO Gabjil119 gives advice to people who feel they have been harassed for taking paternity leave
Ham Jeong-gyu is one of the leaders of a group seeking to create a new social image for fathers
Seeking solutions, Gabjil119 appeals to parliament and government organizations