Expanding childcare and parental leave can promote decent work for Brazilian women

Mother asking children to be quiet as she works from home

Brazilian women continue to encounter numerous barriers that limit their access to decent jobs and equitable career opportunities, despite significant advancements towards gender equality in the workplace. A team of local researchers identified discrimination, parenthood and the effects of the pandemic as the main barriers to decent work for women, with social gender norms contributing to each barrier. The team’s analysis indicates that to improve women’s access to decent work, policies are needed to extend daycare hours, and promote more gender-equal social norms so that fathers are more involved (for example, shared parental or expanded paternity leave, and education and health notifications being addressed to both parents).

Find out more about the research methods, findings and policy recommendations in the following PEP publications:

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