A private company in Uganda has passed a policy that entitles female employees to six months of paid maternity leave, and one month of paternity leave for men.
Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL), an arm of international brewery Diageo, is the first company in the country to take such a move.
“It is an amazing step,” women’s rights campaigner Manuela Pacutho told the BBC’s Newsday programme.
Female employees in Uganda are currently entitled to two months paid maternity leave.
Ms Pacutho said UBL’s move is a good sign and she thought other companies should follow the example.
Elsewhere in East Africa, women in Tanzania are entitled to three months paid maternity leave. After that new mothers are allowed to work part time and will be paid to take the rest of the time off.