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Women in the workplace: New ILO report highlights how action in the world of work can help reduce maternal deaths

Author: International Labour Organization, Published on: 16 October 2007

[T]he importance of paid work in the lives of…women makes maternity protection at work a key to safeguarding the health and economic security of women and their children...[The] new ILO report on Safe Maternity and the World of Work...highlights the need to improve poor working conditions: Chemicals, pesticides, long hours, and heavy work constitute a major threat to the health of pregnant and nursing women...[and] calls for the extension of social health protection to all, to address the financial barriers of health care [and]...the global crisis facing the health workforce.

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