WABA International Labor Day statement: Simple measures can help to narrow widening gender gap in
The gender gap in employment has widened during the Global Economic Crisis Guy Rider, the ILO Director-General is quoted as saying “Inequalities have widened and the wage share in GDP fallen in many countries, including the world’s largest economies and female participation rates lag those of males in all countries.” During an economic downturn, women are frequently forced to accept lesser work and lower pay in order to meet household needs. Furthermore, most governments have adopted tighter fiscal measures and cut back on public spending, especially on social program, which in turn has a disproportionate impact on the most vulnerable groups of women. Women’s employment is often informal and is without legally regulated social protection. Women workers who are pregnant or breastfeeding are in need of special consideration and this has been recognized by the international community in the form of the ILO Maternity Protection Convention C-183(2000) and its Recommendation R-191(2000) that provide a minimum standard of protection for working mothers during pregnancy, childbirth and the post-partum period . Women have a crucial role to play in the development of healthy families, communities and countries. The UN Millennium Development Goals laid out ambitious targets to be reached by 2015 including the reduction in child mortality rates and the improvement of maternal health. WABA calls on all governments to ratify C183 (2000) and adopt Recommendation191(2000).
Happy “Mothers Day” from the Mother Support Task Force
WABA is pleased to share with a Mother's Day message from their Mother Support Task Force. The titled on the message was I’m a breastfeeding mother on a journey. The message emphasized that every mother has the right to breastfed her child.