Maternity Protection and Workers with Family Responsibilities in the Formal and Informal Economy of Ghana. Practices, Gaps and Measures for Improvement

Following the Millennium Development Declaration, the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda set out a number of goals aimed at ending poverty, ensuring healthy lives and well- being, achieving gender equality and women’s economic empowerment, promoting decent work and reducing inequalities. Ghana played a major role at both national and international levels in de ning the post-2015 development agenda and is committed to a development that ‘leaves no one behind’

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Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC)

Led by ILO, UN Women and the OECD, the Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC) is a multi-stakeholder coalition to contribute to the achievement of SDG target 8.5 focusing on equal pay between women and men for work of equal value.

“By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value”
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Economic crisis lends unexpected support to families in some countries

As part of fiscal consolidation drives, some countries, including Estonia and Lithuania, reduced the period of maternity and paternity leave or the level of benefits, if only temporarily. In other countries, such as Greece, Latvia and Romania reduction in the level of the minimum wage or weakening of the system of collective bargaining due to new laws following fiscal consolidation measures resulted in an erosion of the level of maternity benefits. 

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Close Skills Gaps and Gender Gaps to Prepare MENA for the Future of Jobs

“With relatively high rates of female education, Bahrain stands to make significant economic gains from integrating more women into the workforce. Progress is already underway in the country and we look forward to building on this through a new Gender Parity Task Force, working across the public and private sectors to accelerate change,” said Khalid Rumaihi, Chief Executive of the Bahrain Economic Development Board.

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