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Maternity leave with pay or comparable benefits is internationally recognised in the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women article 11.2, International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights article 10 (2) and other international standards.  The ILO Convention 183 on Maternity Protection article 4 provides for maternity leave of at least 14 weeks.

Several human rights instruments contain provisions on special protection for the family including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights article 16, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights article 23 and 24 and, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights article 10.