Giving unwed mothers more benefits an inclusive move
On Tuesday, unwed mothers achieved a measure of relief.
Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin announced that the Government is ready to extend the full 16-week maternity leave to them.
Their children will also have access to a Child Development Account (CDA), a savings scheme meant to pay for childcare and healthcare costs.
These benefits were previously unavailable to unmarried mothers, despite years of campaigning by several MPs and women rights groups such as the Association of Women for Action and Research (Aware).