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ECCE seminar – Better family-work balance to increase women’s participation in paid formal work

It will take 157 years to achieve gender equality with the current trend, and the lack of it severely reduces our ability to reach the SDGs. Unpaid care work is a major culprit, as it limits women’s options for education, work, and entrepreneurship. Over 600 million women worldwide are unavailable for paid work due to obligations with family and childcare.

Luckily, there is a highly impactful measure at our disposal that has until now been underutilised: Early Childhood Care and Education. It is a ‘Triple Win’: freeing women’s time to work, improves children’s health and development, and is a large growth creator through new jobs, businesses, taxes, and increased productivity.

The lack of childcare infrastructure is the last obstacle for women to work and combat poverty.

International Labour Organization

Early Childhood Care and Education

Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) is the bedrock of our work, lifted by our 4 main tools – quality assurance, education, centre-based childcare, and value-chain creation.

These tools encompass direct project implementation as well as transformative awareness-raising, to ensure that social justice and internationally recognised human rights are realised in practice, not just in theory.

Quality Assurance

Development of the policies and legal framework needed to ensure quality across a country.


Creation of formal training courses to enhance professionality, status, and pay for ECCE staff.

Centre-based Childcare

Establishment of quality childcare centres to demonstrate what is possible and inspire others into action.

Value-chain creation

Entrepreneurship support to scale local companies delivering goods and services to childcare centres.



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