An extensive system of social insurance covers virtually all employees and their families. Sickness, maternity, old age, disability, and survivors' benefits are paid, with both employee and employer contributing and the government absorbing part of the cost. Birth, maternity, child and education allowances are also provided to all residents. Parental leave and child-rearing allowances are available as well.
Women are well represented in politics and the professions. Although legally entitled to equal pay for equal work, in practice women's salaries are somewhat lower than men's for comparable work. Violence against women is taken seriously by the authorities, and most abusers are prosecuted. The Ministry for the Promotion of Women is charged with ensuring equal opportunities for women. Children's rights are fully protected and the government amply funds systems providing education and health care.
Human rights are fully respected in Luxembourg.