Hong Kong is lagging behind global standards by giving only 10 weeks' maternity leave, according to a report to be released today. Women's groups said the SAR's failure to match the worldwide norm of 12 weeks' leave typified the administration's lack of support and respect for motherhood. 'Although Hong Kong is a so-called developed society with a lot of affluence, in terms of womens' issues we are still very undeveloped,' said Lam Wai-ha, spokesman for the Association for the Advancement of Feminism. She called on the Government to provide an allowance for working mothers to give them more flexibility in child care. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) sets the global standard under the Maternity Protection Convention. It recently recommended raising its minimum 12-weeks' leave to 14 weeks. Hong Kong gives new mothers less recuperation time than the mainland, which gives 90 days. Today's ILO report, titled 'Maternity Protection at Work', found that 119 of the organisation's 152 member countries met the 12-week standard and 62 of them allowed 14 weeks or more. Hong Kong is in the ranks of developing nations such as Egypt, Bolivia, Lebanon and Papua New Guinea with maternity entitlements of less than three months. Hong Kong is not a member of the ILO, but general secretary of the Confederation of Trade Unions Lee Cheuk-yan said it should keep pace with the global standard. He said the Government's stance on the length of leave was still unclear despite lobbying for improvements. 'Hong Kong's labour laws are usually backwards. We will take this case further in the near future,' he said. The Government announced last week an extra $13 million would be spent on 3,000 extra day nursery places.