The Kaduna Governor Nasiru El-Rufai announced a new state policy of six months’ maternity leave for female public servants. The policy aims to facilitate breastfeeding of infants by women working within the civil service. With the announcement, Kaduna State becomes the second state after Lagos State to commit to extending maternity leave to six months.
Working with partners at CS-SUNN and Save the Children, A&T supported a variety of efforts that led to the new policy, including advocacy meetings and events with government institutions and soliciting the support of the Head of the Civil Service as well as the commissioners for Health, Budget and Planning, and Women Affairs. A&T will support a series of advocacy events during and after World Breastfeeding Week (Aug. 1-7) to promote similar policies in 11 other states and nationally.