What is Social Protection?

Maternity protection

"Maternity protection at work encompasses many components, such as maternity leave, cash and medical benefits, health protection at the workplace, employment protection and non-discrimination, and breastfeeding arrangements at work. Its goals are to preserve the health of the mother and her newborn child, and to provide a measure of job and income security (protection from dismissal and discrimination, the right to resume work after leave, and maintenance of wages and income during maternity)".

Source: International Labour Organization. 2016. "Social protection assessment-based national dialogue: A global guide". ILO. <https://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---dgreports/---integration/documents/publication/wcms_568693.pdf>. Accessed 27 October 2020.