Enhancing women’s labour force participation and child development through the crèche programme in Tharaka Nithi county: Findings of The Rapid Needs assessment and Livelihood survey

Our project in Tharaka Nithi has three interrelated components: Women’s Livelihoods, Impacts of Crèche on FLFP, child development, and women’s psychosocial wellbeing, and Female Labor Force Participation (FLFP).

Findings of the women’s livelihoods pilot survey indicate that women spent an average of 5-6 hours on unpaid work per day (varies from 1-15 hours), married women participated less in unpaid work compared to single women, and the proportion of the money controlled by the women determines labour force participation.

The Crèche Rapid Needs Assessment results showed that use of daycare centre increased women’s participation in wage employment and that women were willing to use crèches within 3 Km from their homes but not farther than that. The findings also indicated that many informal daycare centers and crèches did not have playgrounds or children’s sleeping places during the day, and lactating rooms were preferred in market centres or in a shared office/business area for use by all mothers. For details of the findings click this link


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