maternity leave



Maternity leave is the leave from work to which a woman is entitled for a continuous period before and after giving birth. In principle, it is a non-transferable right, unless a possibility to transfer maternity rights to the father or to another family member under specific circumstances is provided in the national law.


(1) European Commission (1998). 100 Words for Equality: A Glossary of Terms on Equality between Women and Men; (2) International Labour Organization – ILO (2007). ABC of Women Workers’ Rights and Gender Equality. Available at:

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