Women and Work – News

  • Increasing paid maternity leave can save infant lives

    April 8, 2016

    New research from McGill University and UCLA shows that increasing paid maternity leave can save infant lives. Use this evidence to advocate for increased paid maternity leave. It can be done and has significant benefits for all of society. McGill University professor Arijit Nandi, who was involved with the study tells Here & Now’s Robin Young there is ...

  • Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality

    March 8, 2016

    WABA statement on International Women's Day

    8 March 2016

    We know now that without gender equality and a full role for women in society, in the economy, in governance, we will not be able to achieve the world we hoped for.

    Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women

  • Breastfeeding and Work: Let’s Make It Work!

    November 19, 2015

    “As a young doctor working with refugees in the former Yugoslavia and Iraq, I attended births and delivered babies. Access to many of the basic tools, equipment and medicines needed to ensure that newborns are delivered safely and survive their first day – the most dangerous day in life – was just a dream. Even in ...

  • The future of work depends on the future of women at work

    October 26, 2015

    Shauna Olney, Chief of the ILO’s Gender, Equality and Diversity Branch, explains why achieving gender equality is crucial for the world of work. When women are better off, the world becomes a better place for all. Reflecting this reality, 193 countries have included gender equality as a core element of the newly adopted U.N. 2030 Agenda ...

  • Working Mothers Granted 10 weeks of Paid Maternity Leave in Saudi Arabia

    September 11, 2015

    In Saudi Arabia, according to a new labour law which will come into force from 2016, the working mothers will be granted paid Maternity leave up to 10 weeks. This will also include 3 days of paid paternity leave for fathers. It is important to note that female participation in labour force in Saudi Arabia is around 18% ...