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        Women Workers</font></H2>
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        <BLOCKQUOTE> <FONT COLOR="#2C3568"><EM> Although most international labour 
          standards apply without distinction to men and women workers, there 
          are a number of Conventions and Recommendations which refer specifically 
          to women</EM></FONT> </BLOCKQUOTE>
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    <td><a href="../Core_Conventions/C100_Equal_Remuneration_1951.htm">Equal Remuneration 
      Convention, 1951 (No. 100)</a></td>
    <td>One of the core Conventions.</td>
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    <td><a href="../Core_Conventions/C111_Discrimination_1958.htm">Discrimination 
      (Employment and Occupation) Convention, 1958 (No. 111)</a> </td>
    <td>One of the core Conventions.</td>
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    <td><a href="../human_rights/C156_FamilyResponsibility_1981.htm">Workers with Family Responsibilities Convention, 
      1981 (No. 156)</a></td>
    <td>One of the priority Conventions (basic human rights).</td>
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    <td><a href="c183_maternity_protection_2000.htm">Maternity Protection 
      Convention, 2000 (No. 183)</a> </td>
    <td>Obliges the ratifying states to adopt appropriate measures to ensure that 
      pregnant or breastfeeding women are not obliged to perform work prejudicial 
      to the health of the mother or the child and to provide for fourteen weeks 
      of maternity leave with entitlement to cash benefits and medical care.</td>
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      <p>Maternity 
        Protection Convention, 1919 (No. 3) </p>
      <p>Maternity 
        Protection Convention (Revised), 1952 (No. 103) </p></td>
    <td>Require the ratifying State to provide twelve weeks maternity leave from 
      work during which time women shall be entitled to financial benefits and 
      medical care and may not be dismissed. The employer shall not be liable 
      for the cost of such benefits which should, for example, be paid by social 
      insurance. In addition, the woman shall be entitled to nursing breaks during 
      her working day.</td>
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    <td><a href="C45_Underground_Work_1948.htm">Underground 
      Work (Women) Convention, 1935 (No. 45)</a></td>
    <td> Prohibits the employment of women in underground work in mines.</td>
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    <td><a href="C89_Night_Work_1948.htm">Night Work (Women) 
      (Revised) Convention, 1948 (No. 89)</a></td>
    <td>Obliges the ratifying State to prohibit women working in industrial undertakings 
      at night. The period which constitutes &quot;night&quot; is defined in the 
      Convention. The <a href="P89_Protocol_to_C89_1990.htm">1990 Protocol to the Convention</a> permits variations in the 
      duration of the night period and exemptions from the prohibition of night 
      work. </td>
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    <td><a href="C171_Night_Work_1990.htm">The Night Work 
      Convention, 1990 (No. 171)</a></td>
    <td>Approaches the subject of night work without regard to the gender of the 
      worker. The Convention is supplemented by Recommendation No. 178.</td>
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