WIEGO Child Care Campaign

WIEGO Child Care Campaign

Informal workers organizations and trade unions unite to call for quality public child care services - read full statement.


Child care campaign materials - pamphlets, posters and stickers - available for download below in seven languages!

Women informal workers across the world are calling for quality public child care services. Having a young child to look after reduces women's working hours and lowers their earnings at a time in their lives when they need this money most. Their low incomes and poor working conditions on public streets and markets, in waste dumps, and in their own home or their employer's home, are not safe spaces for their infants and toddlers. Access to quality public child care services protects women's earnings and ensures their children have an equal start in life. Without government subsidies, quality private child care centres are too expensive for women informal workers.

In 2014, WIEGO started research on child care with focus group discussions with women informal workers in Brazil, Ghana, India, South Africa and Thailand. The aim of the research and advocacy is for local and national governments to consider public child care as a key social protection measure to reduce poverty and inequality among women informal workers and their children. In collaboration with informal workers' organisations, WIEGO developed campaign materials to support women informal workers and their organisations' demands:

  • Ensuring that child care is recognized as part of the national social protection system  and, if it does not already exist, that a policy of provision for all workers, including informal workers, is developed and implemented.
  • Ratifying ILO Convention 102 on Social Security, ILO Convention 156 on Workers with Family Responsibilities, and ILO Convention 183 on Maternity Protection as the key relevant labour standards. Implementing ILO Recommendation 202  on Social Protection Floors and ILO Recommendation 204 on the Transition from the Informal to the Formal Economy by introducing national laws in support of universal maternity protections and quality public child care services.
  • Working with municipal and national authorities to increase government spending for quality public child care services.Ensuring that child care workers in public or private child care centres have decent work including a living wage, access to social protection and appropriate skills training.

Member-based organisations (MBOs) can share their feedback and sign up to the campaign by sending an email to childcare@wiego.org. Four MBOs have already affiliated to the campaign (see logos at the bottom of this page).

Campaign materials

Three types of campaign materials are available for download here: informational pamphlets, posters and stickers. The pamphlets are available in both web (for viewing) and print (for downloading and printing) versions.

English (generic)

English Sticker - generic

English pamphlet generic (print)
English pamphlet generic (web)
English sticker
English poster


French sticker

French pamphlet (print)
French pamphlet (web)
French sticker
French poster


Spanish sticker Spanish pamphlet (print)
Spanish pamphlet (web)
Spanish sticker
Spanish poster


Portuguese sticker Portuguese pamphlet (print)
Portuguese pamphlet (web)
Portuguese sticker
Portuguese poster


Thai sticker Thai pamphlet (print)
Thai pamphlet (web)
Thai sticker
Thai poster


Zulu Sticker

Zulu pamphlet (print)
Zulu pamphlet (web)
Zulu sticker
Zulu poster

Hindi and English for India


Hindi sticker


Hindi pamphlet (web)
Hindi pamphlet (print)
Hindi sticker
Hindi poster
English pamphlet for India (web)
English pamphlet for India (print)
English sticker for India
English poster for India




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