Regulatory Impact Assessment of C156-Workers with Family Responsibilities Convention
October 24, 2022

Regulatory Impact Assessment of C156-Workers with Family Responsibilities Convention


The Workers with Family Responsibilities Convention, 1981 (No. 156),6 of the International Labour Organization (ILO) entered into force for the ratifying ILO member States in 1983 and so far, the Convention has been ratified by 45 ILO member countries.It describes measures that promote healthy work-life balance for all workers, and contribute to gender equality and decent work.

Due to prevailing social and cultural norms, in Armenia the burden of family household responsibilities and the need to leave the labour force due to care reasons seem to be an issue exclusively affecting women— either keeping them out of the labour market or forcing them to opt for involuntary part-time work. The social norms and gender-based discriminatory perceptions assign to women the responsibility for childcare, eldercare and overall household duties,which, when paired with other factors  narrows down their opportunities to work by their choice, in conditions of dignity, safety and fairness.

This study attempts to answer the following questions: what is/are the problem(s) to be addressed to follow the ratification of the Convention? What is/are the specific policy objective(s) to be achieved through the identified interventions? What are the different ways of achieving the objective(s) and the cost (such as the budgetary, administrative, economic and social implications of various modalities of the problem’s solution) of those achievements?

Human Rights Research Center, UN Women, Yerevan, Armenia, 2022

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