02 August 2023

Redesigning the workplace to be family-friendly: What governments and businesses can do

Investing in family friendly policies is good for families, businesses and economies. But for too many parents around the world, policies, such as paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks, childcare and child grants, are not a reality.  The lack of such policies compromises parents’ ability to securely bond with their babies in the first critical…, Call to action: Investing in family-friendly policies , UNICEF calls on governments and businesses to redesign the workplaces of the future, to enable parents to give their children the best start in life, while boosting productivity and women’s empowerment.  Sufficient paid leave to all parents and guardians, in both the formal and informal economies, to meet the needs of their young children. This…, Investing in family-friendly policies: good for everyone  , Good for children Investing in early childhood development is one of the most effective ways to improve children’s skills, abilities and, ultimately, productivity. Yet, 43 per cent of children under 5 years of age – or 250 million children – are at risk of not achieving their potential due to poverty, poor health and nutrition, and lack of early…, UNICEF’s vision, UNICEF advocates for an increase in the provision of adequate parental leave, paid breastfeeding breaks, affordable, accessible, quality childcare, and child support benefits by governments and businesses. UNICEF’s family-friendly policies agenda aims to create the following shifts: From ‘maternal’ to ‘parental’ leave: Time and support from all…