REACHING MORE FAMILIES, BENEFITING MORE CHILDREN

How family-friendly policies in South Asia can have a major impact

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UNICEF/UN0400997/Himu

Highlights

Bringing up children is a core human activity. It requires care, time and resources. Yet parents and other caregivers are often left to struggle without support.

The UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia commissioned the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti to assess the status of family-friendly policies across Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Though a wide range of policies, legislation and other initiatives are in place, these efforts are not having enough impact.

This advocacy brief builds on the positive foundations – a political will to deliver family-friendly policies and a business community where many employers are supportive – to outline a fresh approach, including extending ‘family-friendly’ benefits to millions of workers in the informal sector. It concludes with five vital recommendations for action in South Asia, and beyond, underscoring throughout that “there has never been a better time to be more family-friendly."

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