830 million women workers without adequate maternity protection

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Women sort pistachios by hand at a privately-owned factory in Afghanistan. UN Photo/Eric Kanalstein

830 million women workers around the world do not have adequate maternity protection according to the International Labour Organization, (ILO).

The ILO's Maternity and Paternity report reveals that while many countries have adopted the principles of protecting the rights of women at work after they give birth, implementation is often lacking.

Shauna Olney, is Chief of the ILO Gender, Equality and Diversity Branch.

"At least 830 million women workers do not yet have adequate maternity protection in terms of leave and income security. Almost 80 per cent of these women are in Africa and Asia. The report also shows that some groups of workers, often female dominated are excluded entirely from protection in law and practice."

Despite the challenges, the report shows that more than half of the 185 countries surveyed have legislated for at least 14 weeks of maternity leave.

And paternity leave for fathers is also on the increase.

The ILO says that is recognition of the importance men play in caring for their children.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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