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close this bookMaternity Protection at Work: Revision of the Maternity Protection Convention (ILO, 1997, 122 p.)
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close this folder1. Maternity protection at work
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close this folder3. Maternity leave
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close this folder7. Beyond childbirth: Parental, paternity and adoption leave
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MATERNITY PROTECT ON AT WORK

A universal consensus has emerged on the need to eliminate discrimination between the sexes. Countries around the world are adapting their legislation and social practice to encourage equal treatment in employment in terms of recruitment, retention and promotion. As women’s participation in the labour market continues to rise and women return to work after childbirth in ever greater numbers, the need for measures which enable them to reconcile their specific role in childbearing with their professional activities has become more evident. How can maternity protection enable women to build their careers while building their families? What basic protections most adequately safeguard the health of mother and child? What can be done to ensure that such measures do not impair women’s employment opportunities and thus undermine the goal of equality in the workplace? These and other issues will be discussed by ILO’s tripartite constituents as they consider the revision of the Maternity Protection Convention (Revised) No. 103 and its accompanying Recommendation.

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