The World Bank: Maternity leave in the private sector in Kuwait do not conform to international standards

The Resident Representative of the World Bank in Kuwait, Ghassan Khoja, said that the Bank is closely following the laws and legislation of the labor markets in Kuwait, and looks with great interest to the principles of equal opportunities between the sexes and equality in the public and private sectors in Kuwait.

Khoja added, during his meeting with the head of the National Office for Human Rights, Ambassador Jassem Al-Mubaraki, that there are differences in the working conditions in the private sector compared to its government counterpart in Kuwait, especially with regard to the number of days of maternity and maternity leave, for example.

He pointed out that international standards set 14 weeks of leave for the mother, while private sector institutions in Kuwait still grant only seven weeks, while women working in the government sector receive 12 paid weeks, followed by 12 others with a lower salary, and this is some of what we hope to solve as an international institution concerned with achieving Justice and equality in the labor sector for member states.

In turn, Ambassador Jassem Al-Mubaraki reviewed the role of the Diwan in achieving the vision of the partnership between the State of Kuwait and the World Bank, most notably improving the business environment and conditions for employment in Kuwait.

Al-Mubaraki said that the Bureau monitored and followed up the efforts of the Public Authority for Manpower and the activity of the inspection campaigns of the Occupational Safety Center regarding the ban on work at noon in open places during the summer period.

Al-Mubaraki stressed that the Bureau attaches importance to strategic partnerships with international organizations working in the field of sustainable development, in order to achieve Kuwait’s Vision 2035 in creating a sustainable living environment and improving Kuwait’s international standing.

The Chief of the Court expressed his aspiration to forge strategic partnerships with the World Bank in the fields of training and consultancy, and to contribute to advancing laws that contribute to improving the quality of work environments in Kuwait. :إقرأ المزيد


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