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Suman Ben prepares her daughter, Angel, for her day at the creche. Suman has been able to gain an additional income for her family by being able to work since her youngest is taken care of in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, on October 27, 2021. The burden of childcare often falls upon women, creating gender-based inequality as women are often forced to leave the workforce to care for children. This has an impact on economic recovery for families, regions, and countries. In Ahmedabad, India, local women came together to create Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA), a collective of women and their children, which includes a childcare solution: the creche. Here, women are able to leave their children while they pursue work opportunities. They’ve also created their own job opportunities as some mothers are also creche staff.
Suman prepares her daughter, Angel, for her day at a creche in Gujurat, India. Suman joined other women in her community to create the Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA), a women’s collective which includes a child care solution. ©Gates Archive/Mansi Midha

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