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2 years overdue campaign feels its first kick

[Brussels, 18 April 2013] Good news! EWL maternity campaign 2 years overdue has received a positive response regarding a meeting with the Irish Presidency.

The campaign is pushing for the second reading phase by the Council of the European parliament’s position and the adoption of a revised maternity leave directive.

This directive is the guarantee of protection for every woman in Europe who gives birth and to find a balance between her private and her professional life – which is necessary to reach gender equality.

Our demands for justice are being echoed- women (and men) from all over Europe have begun to come forward with their accounts of discrimination due to pregnancies, maternity and parental leave and gender stereotyping in the workplace.

Our latest story comes from Julia who found her seniority and credibility completely undermined upon her return from maternity leave, and was threatened when she sought an explanation from her superiors. Read her story here.

We are demanding full pay and protection from discrimination upon return to work. We will continue to take action and urge that a position be taken to achieve the adoption of the text!

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