Quality childcare services for workers in the informal economy

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Citation information: Moussié, Rachel. 2020. "Quality childcare services for workers in the informal economy." Policy Brief No. 1. Joint production of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and WIEGO.

women and childWomen workers in the informal economy must earn income. Childcare responsibilities may not keep them out of the labour force, but do funnel women into low paid, vulnerable employment as own account workers or contributing family workers.

Childcare responsibilities lead to a significant loss of earnings in the short-term and contribute to women’s low incomes across their life cycle – reflected in higher poverty rates and limited access to work-related pensions among older women.

Childcare provision and parental leave are proven to have a positive impact on women’s labour force participation and are essential to creating decent work opportunities for women. These policies are necessary for redistributing, with the State, the unpaid care work done primarily by women.

This is the first of three policy briefs. WIEGO and ILO highlight both the urgent childcare needs of women workers in the informal economy and the demands for decent working conditions for childcare workers and domestic workers – most of whom are women working in the informal economy. 

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