From aspiration to reality for all
A new Maternity Protection Resource Package is now available online at http://mprp.itcilo.org. The product has been implemented by the ILO Conditions of Work and Employment Branch and the Turin Centre in collaboration with UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO, UNWOMEN, and two NGOs, the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) and the Geneva Infant Feeding Association (GIFA).
The lack of any form of social protection deprives women working in atypical, non-standard and precarious jobs and in the informal economy, of suitable maternal and infant healthcare, forcing some of them into incurring exorbitant healthcare expenses and poverty.
This Maternity Protection Resource Package is designed to:
- bring together information and tools, expertise and knowledge on every component of maternity protection at work into one place;
- serve as a resource and guide for actors ready to launch information and education campaigns and to plan, design or monitor action to bring about real improvements in maternity protection at work.
It is intended to be accessible to a non-specialist audience, with resources for further technical information noted at the end of each module. Its message is that the aspiration of maternity protection at work for all is both desirable and possible.
The package can be used by governments, trade unions, employers’ organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), researchers and practitioners, United Nations (UN) officials and others and can be combined for appropriate capacity-building, training and awareness-raising residential and distance-learning activities.