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International Women's Week - what are the maternity leave rights around the world?

Posted 13 March 2013

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In recognition of International Women's Week, we've created a graphic comparing how maternity leave compares around the world.

In recognition of International Women's Week, Debt Advisory Centre has created a graphic comparing how maternity leave compares around the world.

 

With the help of huffingtonpost.ca and gov.uk, we can show you how maternity leave rights in the UK compare with maternity leave pay and conditions in different countries in four continents - Europe, Asia, Oceania and North America.

Maternity and debt

Starting a family is an exciting time and nothing should overshadow the thrill of bringing a new life into the world. Sadly, the drop in income during maternity leave can lead some new mums into debt. Media reports suggest that as many as one in three mums end up in debt during maternity.

 

This can happen to new mums whose pregnancy was unplanned and mums who were not financially prepared for a new arrival.

 

We recommend women planning a family read our guide to the maternity pay and maternity leave you're entitled to in the UK.

 

Find out how the UK compares with Canada, the USA, France and even Japan with our graphic below:

 

Maternity Leave Around the World

 

If you'd like to embed our Maternity Leave Around the World fact sheet on your own site, please use the code below:

by Emily Bancroft

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