A Century Years of Maternity Protection: Transforming Leave and Care Policies for a Better Future of Work for All - Event Brief

The event “100 Years of Maternity Protection: Transforming Leave and Care Policies for All” was hosted by the ILO and the European Commission in collaboration with UN Women, UNICEF, WHO and the International Network on Leave Policies & Research (INLPR). The event panellists and about 200 attendees included individuals from governments, employers’ and workers’ organisations members of the ILO Governing Body (GB), companies, non-governmental organisations and academia.

The event marked the centenary of the adoption of the first international labour standard on gender equality at work, the Maternity Protection Convention, 1919 (No. 3). It represented one of the major celebratory events on gender equality taking place during the ILO Centenary year (2019), which was marked by the adoption of the ILO Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work as well as the ILO Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019 (No. 190) and its accompanying Recommendation (No. 206). The ILO Centenary Declaration calls for “achieving gender equality at work through a transformative agenda”, enabling a more balanced sharing of family responsibilities and a better work-life balance. It also calls for investing in the care economy.
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