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Latest items for SMES-LAW-1

Jan. 29, 2024, 5:50 p.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: SMES-LAW-1

"[P]enalties for non-compliance with alimony obligations [are non-existent]" (15).
Nov. 21, 2023, 5:44 p.m.
Countries: Australia

"Single parents will be able to access the full 26 weeks, while the leave will be made more flexible with parents able to take it in blocks between periods of paid work" (para. 3). "By 2026, every family with a new baby will be access a total of six months paid leave shared between the two parents. And single parents will be able to access all 26 weeks" (para. 17).
Oct. 15, 2023, 2:22 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: SMES-LAW-1

"From its misbegotten conception in 1993, I have followed the fate of the notorious Child Support Agency, now rebranded but worsened as the Child Maintenance Service (CMS). Pretending to lever maintenance for children from absent fathers to give to mothers, it fails again and again" (para 2–3). "From the National Audit Office today comes yet another report on the CMS’s abysmal performance. The audit office gets more complaints on this 'than any other single issue'. Hardly surprising, when only a third of mothers receive full maintenance and just 56% have any maintenance arrangements in place at all" (para 4). "Vast arrears from absent parents grow. The audit office notes, with...more
Sept. 7, 2023, 9:31 a.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: SMES-LAW-1

"About 6,000 youth in Kericho County will benefit from the Third Phase of the National Government’s National Hygiene Programme, popularly referred to as the Kazi Mtaani programme" (para 1). "The Third Phase of the programme will give priority to single mothers and Persons Living with Disabilities (PWD’s), who are jobless within the County, in order to cushion them from the tough economic times" (para 5).
Aug. 25, 2023, 2:45 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: SMES-LAW-1

"In China, birth registration is often required for parents to access benefits such as maternity insurance. It is also needed to obtain a household registration document, or hukou, that grants children access to social welfare, such as healthcare and education" (para 4). "The Sichuan provincial health commission said in a statement that by scrapping the restriction on marriage" (para 5). "The new rules will grant single parents in Sichuan access to benefits previously reserved for married couples, such as maternity insurance that covers prenatal healthcare, childbirth-related medical expenses and paid maternity leave" (para 7).
Aug. 25, 2023, 2:42 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: SMES-LAW-1

"Only Guangdong Province, which borders Hong Kong, allows unmarried women to apply for maternity insurance" (para 6).
July 21, 2023, 11:58 a.m.
Countries: Azerbaijan
Variables: SMES-LAW-1

"The termination of a working contract by the employer is prohibited in relation to women with pregnancy and also, having a child below 3 once they have the current job as the only income source and the employee that up bring a child aged below the school age on their own only. To set a shortened working hour not exceeding 36 hours [is guaranteed] while paying the full salary amount for a woman with pregnancy, a woman with a child aged below 18 months and a parent that up brings on his/her own a child aged below 3" (23).
July 10, 2023, 9:26 p.m.
Countries: Maldives
Variables: SMES-LAW-1

"The National Social Protection Agency (NSPA) oversees the implementation of the Law Number 2/2014 (Social Protection Act), adopted during this reporting period. The programmes under the Act include the Social Protection General Regulation (2016/R-22); Single Parent Allowance Regulation (2016/R-39); Foster Parent Allowance Regulation (2016/R-38); and Food Subsidy Regulation (2016/R-23). NSPA also has an ongoing social cash transfer programs and assistance. The Single Parent Allowance is a conditional cash transfer program providing financial support to vulnerable single parents so as to improve children’s lives and provide access to equal opportunities as other children in the society. The target of the program are single parent families and households living below the national...more
May 23, 2023, 11:57 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: SMES-LAW-1, GIC-LAW-1, GIC-LAW-3

"[C]hengdu, capital of the southwestern Sichuan province, which legalised registration of children by unmarried women in February, something China is considering implementing nationwide to address record low birth rates. The changes mean unmarried women can take paid maternity leave and receive child subsidies previously only available to married couples. Crucially, Chen could access in-vitro fertility (IVF) treatment legally in a private clinic" (Para.2-3).
April 1, 2023, 9:26 p.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan
Variables: SMES-LAW-1

"A system has been set up in Uzbekistan to raise the standard of living and provide State support to socially vulnerable citizens and the population, including women. The following types of social assistance are provided:...(b) benefits for the loss of a breadwinner, temporary incapacity to work, loss of employment and in the event of an injury at work; (c) lump-sum maternity grants; (d) benefits paid to low-income mothers caring for children under 2 years old, and to low-income families with children under the age of 14; (e) material assistance to low-income families...(f) Exemption from paying parental fees to children from low-income families attending State preschool institutions..." (29). "Measures to reduce...more
March 8, 2023, 1:43 p.m.
Countries: Montenegro
Variables: SMES-LAW-1, CUST-LAW-3

"The Rulebook on Detailed Conditions for Realization of Basic Material Benefits from Social and Child Protection ('Official Gazette of Montenegro,' No. 40/13, 68/15, and 20/16) prescribes that the income that arises from the child-support obligation is taken in the amount determined by the decision of the competent court. If the person does not obtain income based on the child-support obligation, they are obliged to submit proof of initiating the procedure for compulsory execution of the decision of the competent court. Income based on child-support obligation shall not be considered income for exercising the right to financial support until the decision on forced collection is executed" (27).
Feb. 24, 2023, 12:54 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: SMES-LAW-1

"The Enforcement of the Single Women Protection Fund Rules and institutionalization of a Single Women Protection Fund have been effective for the protection, empowerment, and in dealing with the critical concerns of single women." (9)(NF - CODER COMMENT - Considering there is a fund for single women, it can be infered that they are in dire economic situations). "The GoN’s social security schemes have been vital in enhancing social equity and justice. The government has been providing social security benefits through various programs to the most vulnerable groups in the country since 1994/95. Major recipients of social security allowances are senior citizens, single women, persons with disabilities, targeted marginal communities,...more
Feb. 2, 2023, 1:11 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: SMES-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the State party’s efforts to improve its institutional and policy framework aimed at accelerating the elimination of discrimination against women and promoting gender equality, such as the adoption of the following:...Tax reforms, which establish measures to increase the employment rate among women and their financial independence and is aimed at achieving a better distribution of paid and unpaid work, in 2015" (2).