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european maternity leave directive cancelled!

The official announcement on July 1 of the withdrawal of the Maternity Leave Directive is one more sign that the European Union is failing women across Europe, according to the European Women's Lobby (EWL).

The proposed Maternity Leave Directive was adopted democratically by the European Parliament on OCTOBER 20,2010, but has since been continually blocked by the Member States.

This Directive was an all-encompassing set of proposals to strengthen the rights of pregnant women, and of women following childbirth, including those breastfeeding.

This is an important step backward on the road to gender equality, and has to be seen within the context of the present backlash on Women's Rights.

Report by Elaine Sperling-Levin, ICJW Representative to the European Women's Lobby