Launch of the ILO Maternity Protection Resource Package on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Marking International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25), the ILO is launching the Maternity Protection Resource Package, providing guidance and tools to strengthen and extend maternity protection to all women in all types of economic activity.

This Maternity Protection Resource Package will be accessible to the widest possible audience, with resources offering further technical information provided 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) and ILO officials and others and can be used for appropriate capacity-building, training and awareness-raising residential and distance-learning activities.

This Maternity Protection Resource Package is an example of the substantive and systematic cooperation between the Centre and the ILO (Conditions of Work and Employment Branch), and will meet constituents’ needs for more knowledge and learning tools on ratifying and implementing Maternity Protection Convention no. 183. The tool has been developed in collaboration with the Bureau for Gender Equality (GENDER), ILO-Beijing, ILO-Moscow, in partnership with the WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, UN Women and IBFAN-GIFA.

The Centre contributed to the design and development of the package (mainly learning strategies and methods), to the graphic layout and website development, by producing a dedicated short animated film, which is now part of the online package; by pilot testing the package at the Gender Academy and through the “Training of Trainers” (TOT) activity in Zambia, as well as by organising, in cooperation with ILO Moscow, the pilot testing of the Russian translation of the TOT for CIS Countries, in Turin, in June.

It will also contribute to the desktop publishing and layout of the Russian versions and organizing, in cooperation with ILO Moscow, the second TOT for Russian countries next spring and much more.

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