ILO to publish new report on maternity and paternity at work

Media advisory | 05 May 2014
GENEVA  – The International Labour Organization (ILO) is to launch a new report, Maternity and paternity at work: Law and practice across the world on Tuesday, 13 May.

The study reviews national law and practice on both maternity and paternity at work in 185 countries and territories (including leave, benefits, employment protection, health protection, breastfeeding arrangements at work and childcare).

It also looks at statistical coverage in law and in practice of paid maternity leave as well as statutory provision of paternity, parental and adoption leaves.

Embargoed electronic copies of the report, executive summary and some associated media material will be made available to journalists upon request, starting on Monday, 12 May, by contacting the ILO Newsroom ( or the Department of Communication and Public Information at +41 22 799 7912.

For Geneva correspondents: A press briefing by Shauna Olney, Chief of the ILO Gender, Equality and Diversity Branch and Laura Addati, ILO’s Maternity Protection and Work-family Specialist will be held, under embargo, on Monday, 12 May at 10 a.m. in press room 1 at the Palais des Nations. Geneva correspondents will be sent embargoed documents automatically as soon as they become available.

The report and all associated material and information are under strict embargo until 00.01 GMT on Tuesday, 13 May.

Interviews by print, web or broadcast media can be scheduled via the ILO Department of Communication : +41 22 799 7912.

Broadcast coverage of the press conference will be made available for broadcasters upon request. The ILO TV studio and ISDN line may be booked for broadcasters wishing to interview the authors. Please contact the Department of Communication/Radio and TV Unit on +41 79 824 8074, Sandra Kuchen: and Marco Minocri: