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Eunice Yung’s chance to raise childcare awareness

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Now pregnant, lawmaker Eunice Yung Hoi-yan has a great opportunity to raise awareness about the maternity and childcare needs of working women. She should exploit it to the fullest – for all working parents in Hong Kong.

Granted, she is in uncharted territory, at least in Hong Kong; there seems to be no record of a sitting pregnant legislative councillor in local history. But she can take a leaf from New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who was the first world leader to become pregnant since the late prime minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto gave birth to a daughter in 1990.

As more women take the reins of power in both the political and corporate world, such occurrences should become more common.

Setting a good example, Ardern’s husband has taken over primary childcare responsibilities. But as she said,........

© South China Morning Post