• Moureeze L. Franklyn

SDG 5 and Parental Leave in SVG

A recent infographic released by UN Women indicates that only 63 countries comply with the International Labour Organisation’s minimum maternity leave standards, stipulating that mothers should be granted at least 14 weeks of paid maternity leave and that only 28 percent of employed women worldwide enjoy any paid maternity leave in practice.

Sustainable Development Goal 5 (Gender Equality), under target 5.4 encourages countries to promote “shared responsibility within the household and the family”.

Under the Wages Council Act security workers are entitled to a minimum of four weeks leave with a minimum of 35% of their salary provided that they have had two years continuous service, similar provisions apply to shop assistants, workers in the offices of professionals, industrial workers and agricultural workers.

The ILO Convention on Maternity Protection, 1919 (No.3) provides six weeks maternity leave with benefits. The ILO Convention on Maternity Protection, 1952 (No.103), provides 12 weeks maternity benefit. The ILO Convention on Maternity Protection, 2000 (No.183) provides for 14 weeks maternity benefit to women to whom the instrument applies.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines has not ratified any of these conventions and therefore none of these provisions apply.


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