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Celebrate International Women’s Day March 8, 2020

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Celebrate International Women’s Day March 8, 2020

by Aspen Valley Hospital

March 9, 2020

How do we ensure that a woman’s right to breastfeeding support is realised in the era of generation equality?

The solution includes:

  • more equal sharing of care work within the parenting team,
  • enhanced community understanding of existing inequalities,
  • engaging with men and boys to support women’s needs and rights,
  • improving women’s access to health services,
  • and last but not least gender-equitable parental social protection (PSP) policies and legislation.

Policies that promote more flexible and parent-friendly workplaces, allowing equitable and efficient distribution of time, will attract more women to the workforce and reduce constraints on women’s time and child health. Equitable implementation of maternity protection policies to include women working in the large informal sector will be required for all the benefits of breastfeeding to be maximized.

With an estimated 47.2% of women in the labour force in 2019, the civil and private sectors are playing an essential role in women’s right of support to breastfeed. The World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) 2019 called for the implementation of PSP, which includes public-funded paid leave policies, legislation, and parent-friendly or family-friendly workplaces. There is a large difference of the rights of breastfeeding mothers between countries worldwide. The Parents at Work Advocacy Tool was developed to showcase the level of support parents are currently receiving worldwide.

For Women’s Day this year, we call upon governments, UN agencies, health systems, workplaces, communities and civil society organisations to:

  • Implement gender-equitable social protection that will enable breastfeeding and greater gender equality.
  • Enact and monitor national legislation and policies that uphold the rights of women and their children in diverse contexts.
  • Enact paid parental leave and workplace breastfeeding policies for women in the formal and informal economy.
  • Create a warm chain of support for breastfeeding across healthcare, workplace and community from pregnancy until the child’s second birthday.
  • Invest in interventions such as support for breastfeeding as a means to improve the health and survival of women and children.

For more information, contact:

Thinagaran, thina@waba.org.my
Revathi Ramachandran, revathi@waba.org.my

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