100 Years of Maternity Protection

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100 Years of Maternity Protection: Transforming Leave and Care Policies for a Better Future of Work for All

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ILO Headquarters, Geneva, Room II R3-South

The year 2019 marks both the ILO’s first centenary and the 100th anniversary of international labour standards on maternity protection. The Maternity Protection Convention(No.3), the first gender equality international labour standard, was adopted in 1919. Marking its anniversary offers a unique opportunity to reflect on the progress and challenges of realising this crucial right and to call on member States to ratify and implement Convention No. 183 and Recommendation No. 191.

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08:15 – 08.45 REGISTRATION

09.00 – 09.30 WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS

  • Introduction and Chair: Mr. Guy Ryder – Director-General, ILO
  • Ms. Věra Jourová – EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality (videolink)
  • Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus – Director-General, WHO
  • Representative of UNICEF
  • Representative of UN Women
  • Ms. Margaret O’Brien – Professor and Co-Organiser of the International Network of Leave Policies & Research

09.30 – 11.00 HIGH-LEVEL PANEL: THE FUTURE OF MATERNITY PROTECTION

  • Moderator: Ms. Shahira Amin, Egyptian Journalist
  • Ms. Joyce Nonde-Simukoko, Minister of Labour and Social Security, Zambia
  • Ms. Yolanda Valdeolivas Garcia, State Secretary for Employment, Government of Spain
  • H. E. Evan P. Garcia, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary - Permanent Representative - Philippines
  • H.E. Frank Tressler Zamorano, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary - Permanent Representative, Chile
  • Ms. Jacqueline Mugo, Member of IOE management board; Executive Director of Federation of Kenya Employers; Titular member of the ILO Governing Body
  • Ms. Catelene Passchier, Vice president of the Netherlands Trade Union Confederation (FNV), President of the Workers’ Group of the ILO

11.00 – 11.15 HEALTH BREAK

11.15 – 12.30 ROUND TABLE 1: MATERNITY PROTECTION and WOMEN’S HEALTH

  • Moderator: Dr. Francesco Branca, Director, Department of Nutrition for Health and Development, WHO
  • Ms. María Paz Anzorreguy – Director of ILO Coordination, IOE
  • Ms. Catalina Devandas, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • Ms. Jody Heymann, UCLA WORLD Policy Analysis Center
  • Dr. Bianca Stumbitz, Middlesex University London

12.30 – 13.30 LUNCH

13.30 – 15.00 ROUND TABLE 2: TRANSFORMATIVE LEAVE POLICIES

  • Moderator: Ms. Verena Knaus, Senior Policy Advisor, UNICEF
  • Ms. Maureen Gouverneur, Ministry of Solidarity and Health – Social Cohesion General Directorate, France
  • Ms. Chidi King, Director of Equality Department, ITUC
  • Ms. Sonia Malaspina, HR Director South Europe, Danone
  • Ms. Marian Baird, University of Sydney
  • Ms. Juliana Franzoni, University of Costa Rica

15.00 – 15.15 HEALTH BREAK

15.15 – 16.45 ROUND TABLE 3: ADDRESSING MATERNITY DISCRIMINATION, CHANGING NORMS

  • Moderator: Ms. Christine Löw, Director, Liaison Office Geneva, UN WOMEN
  • H.E. Silvia Elena Alfaro Espinosa, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Peru to the International Organizations
  • Ms. Marie Clarke Walker, Secretary-Treasurer, Canadian Labour Congress
  • Ms. Liesbet Stevens, Deputy Director of the Institute for the Equality of women and men, Belgium
  • Ms. Annick Masselot, University of Canterbury
  • Mr. Dean Peacock, Senior Advisor for Global Advocacy, PROMUNDO

16.45 – 17.15 FUTURE PROSPECTS AND CONCLUSIONS

  • Mr. Gerton Van den Akker, Head of Section for Labour and Health issues, European Commission
  • Ms. Manuela Tomei, Director of Conditions of Work and Equality Department (ILO)
  • Mr. Peter Moss, Co-founder of INLPR

17.15 – 17.30 INAUGURATION OF THE PHOTO EXHIBITION “PORTRAIT OF A (WORKING) MOTHER” by Marina Cavazza and Eglė Kačkutė with introduction by:

  • Mr. Gerton Van den Akker, Head of Section for Labour and Health issues, European Commission
  • Ms. Brigitte Mantilleri, Director of the Equality Department, University of Geneva

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