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Vodafone Women's Day Annoucement for Fathers

D&T
March 6, 2020

At a time that is crucial in becoming a real family, Vodafone Hungary offers 16 weeks of paid leave also to the partner of the parent on parental leave. If it is the mother who goes on maternity leave, then the father can take it, or if the father takes it, the mother can benefit, a press relase by the company says. The purpose of the program is to make sure they can both stay at home for one of the most important jobs of their lives. The program, which starts in Hungary this summer, is also open to adoptive parents.

By 2025, Vodafone aims to become the best workplace in the world for both women and men – this is the company's ambitious global goal for the next five years. In line with this objective is the launch of its latest equal opportunity initiative in Hungary, offering truly extraordinary support for young families.

Through its equal opportunity programs, the company offers equal possibilities to all colleagues both in their careers and family life. The purpose of the program is to make sure that no-one has to compromise on time spent together in the sensitive period following a child’s birth. The terms of the initiative also apply to adoptive parents.

As Amanda Nelson, CEO of Vodafone Hungary explained, the company has recognised the issue pointed out by various research studies in recent years: while women often feel that they cannot really show their capabilities in their careers, men can feel the same when a new family member arrives. ‘As a mother of four children and a corporate executive, I know only too well how much depends on an employer’s supportive attitude to establishing a family and on not being expected to compromise between professional advancement and private life. We at Vodafone believe that everyone should have the same opportunities.’ the Chief Executive Officer pointed out.

It is not the first time Vodafone Group stands up for equality between women and men. The Group has already introduced a number of global initiatives with a view to maintaining a healthy work-life balance. One of these is the ReConnect program, which was launched in Hungary in 2017 to help women return to the labor market. Under this initiative, women with managerial experience who, due to childbearing or running a business, had a break in their careers, are invited back to the world of work. They also support reintegration through training and flexible working hours.

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