Maternity protection: Not just a personal issue

Maternity protection: Not just a personal issue Many countries have ratified ILO conventions on maternity protection, but pregnant women still face workplace discrimination. Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25), the ILO publishes guidelines on how to implement maternity protection policies. GENEVA (ILO News) – Six months into her pregnancy, it was becoming increasingly difficult for Liani* to endure hours of standing at her … [Read more...]

Women in Prison – Recovery through Change

WOMEN IN PRISON The fact that prisoners have higher rates of psychological distress and mental health problems when compared to the general population are well established (Fazel & Danesh, 2002). Needless to say, the rates are much higher in the case of women in custody. Although women still constitute a small minority of the prison population across the world, the number of incarcerated women is increasing (Slotboom et al., 2007). In addition to the common kinds of distress both men … [Read more...]

NEPAL: Gender discrimination fuels malnutrition

"Girls are neglected because they are thought not to need strength." Gender discrimination lies behind much of the malnutrition found in under-five children in Nepal, say locals and experts. (..) "Malnutrition in Nepal is an intergenerational cycle,” said Sophiya Uprety, a nutritionist for the World Food Programme (WFP) in Kathmandu. She explained that supporting pregnant women with a nutritious and adequate diet, rest and care did more than improve a person’s strength - it bolstered … [Read more...]

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