Some lawmakers have proposed that a new father should be granted a paternity leave of at least four to eight weeks.
Both the bill under review and the law regulating labour in Rwanda, which was enacted in 2018, do not provide for paternity leave.
"A father needs at least one to two months of paternity leave.
Fathers need enough time to take care of the mother and bond with the babies
According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), a statutory right to paid paternity leave is found in 70 countries, underlining the trend of greater involvement of fathers around childbirth.
But, the UN labour agency says that only 5 countries, all among the Developed Economies (Finland, Iceland, Lithuania, Portugal and Slovenia) provide paternity leave of more than two weeks.