Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Mother and Child Welfare Bill regulates the obligation of companies to provide six months maternity leave for working mothers, according to House of Representatives Legislative Body Deputy Speaker Abdul Wahid.

"(The bill) regulates maternity leave obligations of at least six months and a rest period of 1.5 months, or in accordance with the statement letter (issued by) obstetricians or midwives, if (working mothers) experience a miscarriage," Wahid explained at the plenary meeting on the Harmonization of the Mother and Child Welfare Bill, monitored here on Thursday.

He stressed that a mother has the right to receive special treatment and facilities in public spaces.

The bill includes "adding the right of mothers to get special treatment and facilities in public infrastructure," he said.

Wahid also said that a mother has the right to receive an education in taking care of babies, parenting, and child growth and development.

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Moreover, the Mother and Child Welfare Bill stipulates children's right to obtain exclusive breastfeeding and knowledge of having faith values.

"Adding children's right to exclusively receive breast milk and the faith in God Almighty according to their (respective) religion and beliefs," Wahid said.

The House Legislative Body approved the results of the bill harmonization for further discussion with the government.

The approval was obtained after listening to the opinions and views of the factions in the Legislative body.

One of the important points highlighted in the bill is the change in maternity leave period, which was previously regulated in Law no.13 of 2003 from only three months to six months, plus 1.5 months of resting period, the meeting highlighted.

The bill also regulates paid leave for mothers, so when they are taking care of their newborn baby they can still receive income.

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