Maternity Protection Convention, 2000

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Maternity Protection Convention, 2000
ILO Convention
Date of adoption June 15, 2000
Date in force February 7, 2002
Classification Maternity Benefit
Maternity Protection
Subject Maternity Protection
Previous Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999
Next Safety and Health in Agriculture Convention, 2001

Maternity Protection Convention, 2000 is an International Labour Organization Convention.

It was established in 2000, with the preamble stating:

"Noting the need to revise the Maternity Protection Convention (Revised), 1952, and the Maternity Protection Recommendation, 1952, in order to further promote equality of all women in the workforce and the health and safety of the mother and child, and in order to recognize the diversity in economic and social development of Members, as well as the diversity of enterprises, and the development of the protection of maternity in national law and practice, and

"Noting the provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (1979), the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989), the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995), the International Labour Organization's Declaration on Equality of Opportunity and Treatment for Women Workers (1975), the International Labour Organization's Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and its Follow-up (1998), as well as the international labour Conventions and Recommendations aimed at ensuring equality of opportunity and treatment for men and women workers, in particular the Convention concerning Workers with Family Responsibilities, 1981, and

"Taking into account the circumstances of women workers and the need to provide protection for pregnancy, which are the shared responsibility of government and society, and

"Having decided upon the adoption of certain proposals with regard to the revision of the Maternity Protection Convention (Revised), 1952, and Recommendation, 1952, which is the fourth item on the agenda of the session, and

"Having determined that these proposals shall take the form of an international Convention;

"adopts this fifteenth day of June of the year two thousand the following Convention, which may be cited as the Maternity Protection Convention, 2000." [1]


This Convention revised a 1952 ILO convention (C103), which in turn was a revision of the original 1919 ILO convention (C3). The revision was aimed at gaining more ratification by easing the requirements of the 1952 convention.[2]


The convention addresses the following subjects:


As of the May 2016, the following 32 states have ratified this Convention:[3]

Country Date Declared period of maternity leave Notes
Albania 24 July 2004 365 calendar days
Austria 30 April 2004 16 weeks
Azerbaijan 29 October 2010 126 calendar days (longer in certain cases)
Belarus 10 February 2004 126 days
Belize 10 January 2012 14 weeks
Benin 30 April 2004 14 weeks
Bosnia and Herzegovina 18 January 2010 one year; 18 months for subsequent births or twins
Bulgaria 6 December 2001 135 days
Burkina Faso 4 March 2013 14 weeks
Cuba 1 June 2004 18 weeks
Cyprus 12 January 2005 16 weeks
Dominican Republic 9 February 2016 14 weeks
Hungary 4 November 2003 24 weeks
Italy 7 February 2001 five months
Kazakhstan 13 June 2013 18 weeks (20 weeks for multiple births)
Latvia 9 February 2009 16 weeks
Lithuania 23 September 2003 126 calendar days
Luxembourg 8 April 2008 16 weeks
Republic of Macedonia 3 October 2012 nine months; 12 months for multiple births
Mali 5 June 2008 14 weeks
Republic of Moldova 28 August 2006 126 calendar days
Montenegro 19 April 2012 365 days
Morocco 13 April 2011 14 weeks
Netherlands 15 January 2009 16 weeks applies to the European territory of the Kingdom only
Norway 9 November 2015 12 weeks pre-birth; six weeks post-birth
Peru 9 May 2016 14 weeks, divided evenly between pre-birth and post-birth
Portugal 8 November 2012 120 or 150 consecutive days
Romania 23 October 2002 126 calendar days
Serbia 31 August 2010 16 weeks
Slovakia 12 December 2000 28 weeks
Slovenia 1 March 2010 105 days
Switzerland 4 June 2014 14 weeks


  1. ^ [1], ILO website, text of convention.
  2. ^ "31 725 (R 1867) Verdrag inzake de herziening van het Verdrag betreffende de bescherming van het moederschap (herzien), 1952; Genève, 15 juni 2000" (in Dutch). Dutch government ( 3 October 2008. Retrieved 30 October 2010. 
  3. ^ [2], ILO website, list of ratifying countries.

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