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Correspondence: I empathise with employers on women and fertility
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Correspondence: I empathise with employers on women and fertility

Women who choose to present a poor attitude at the workplace should be prevented from holding back other women, writes 29-year-old Tan Peiying from Singapore.

There has been lots of talk about the low fertility rate in Singapore and from the public’s point of view, the government is not doing enough to support them in child bearing.

Requests have mainly revolved around more maternity leave, legislation to protect pregnant staff from unfair dismissals, longer paternity leave and flexible job arrangements for mums. The list goes on.

My personal experience with a former female colleague, who excused herself at least three days a week without prior notification on the basis of her undergoing IVR treatment, however makes me empathise with employers who are reluctant to give chances to married women here.

Legislating every aspect of life is not the way to go. What would be better than having an official centre for employers with flexible jobs?

Mums who are genuinely interested in fruitful employment get registered and are hired on their own accord. Employment records are centralised, providing a one-stop verification for employers. Most importantly, free will is exercised using such a measure.

After all, life is all about making choices and women who choose to present a poor attitude at the workplace should be stopped from hindering the growth of other women and ultimately, the country’s economy as a whole.

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Note: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the Commonwealth Youth Programme. All articles are published in a spirit of improving dialogue, respect and understanding. If you disagree, why not submit a response?

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