Right to Child Care

Most women workers have a double day – working for wages in the formal economy and working at home caring for their children, as well as other family members. The value to society and the economy of their unpaid labour in the home -- raising the next generation of workers -- is generally unrecognized.

The fact that childcare is a social responsibility, and not just an individual one, is recognized in international Conventions of the United Nations (UN) and the International Labour Organization (ILO), and the shared responsibility of governments and employers to provide childcare services for working women is spelled out in national legislation of many countries, including those in Central America. However, such legislation is seldom enforced or complied with.

MSN is collaborating with Central American women’s and trade union organizations to ensure that employers and governments live up to their responsibilities to provide quality childcare services for women workers. Together we are engaging with international apparel brands, industry associations and governments to find childcare solutions that best meet the needs of women maquila workers.

For background, see:

MSN review of international conventions on childcare and legal requirements in Central America (2016)
MSN summary of initiatives promoting quality workplace childcare in Bangalore, India (2016)
International Labour Organization Study: Workplace Solutions for Childcare (2010)

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