To: Maneka Gandhi, Minister for Women & Child Development

A Crèche In Your Office Too

A Crèche In Your Office Too

Women make up 24% of India’s workforce. But only 5% of them reach the top layer, compared to the global average of 20%. While there are many reasons for this imbalance, the absence of day-care at the workplace keeps millions of working women from working. This is why I’m asking the Ministry of Women and Child Development to make it mandatory by law for corporates to have crèches for parents at workplaces.

Why is this important?

15 years ago, I was one of them. I had to choose between full-time work and my daughter. Needless to say, I chose my daughter and was a stay-at-home mother for 5 years. These hard choices need to end. The modern Indian workplace, rather than force women to choose between work and children, needs to keep pace with the changing roles of women.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2PuAAPYI2Y&feature=youtu.be

This will only happen if your Ministry makes it mandatory for every establishment with 20 or more women workers to set up and maintain a crèche for children under the age of six. The good part is that you don’t have to start something new because the groundwork for this is already in place.

The Rajiv Gandhi National Crèche Scheme for Children of Working Mothers currently covers tribal, rural and urban children across 449 districts. And in 2013, the Ministry of Women and Child Development – now your ministry – passed a resolution (No. 16-1/2012-CW-I) to “provide and promote crèche and day care facilities for children of working mothers, mothers belonging to poor families, ailing mothers and single parents.”

This is laudable. But if a crèche facility is mandatory for factories, plantations and beedi and cigar workers, what is stopping the government from making it mandatory for private companies?

Day-care at the workplace will change the lives of millions of working women. It will be great for children. It will reduce pressure on the family to provide childcare while parents go to work. And because a happy workplace is a productive workplace, it will be good for the companies too.

On behalf of every working mother who stopped working for want of access to day-care, I ask you to use your mandate and turn your Ministry’s resolution into law.

There are many things we must do to level the playing field, but let’s start here.


Reasons for signing

  • I am a working women & mother of a one year old boy. I am lucky to be living in a joint family. But there are some emergency situations in which I earnestly feel the requirement of a good day care centre at work place.
  • I have seen many women dropping out of office or going for work for home jobs which are below their skills and capabilities just out of concern for their kids. With the implementation of a good creche facility, such moms can contribute to both family and society.
  • I am struggling to find a job that gives flexi work hours. At least they could provide a place to keep our young children safe and productively engaged

Updates

2014-08-13 11:26:50 +0530

Maneka Gandhi responds to the mail

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2014-08-01 16:59:50 +0530

"This facility will be a boon to all working mothers, especially those without much support from families. It would also mean that all those charged minds would continue to contribute to the society rather than putting a full stop to all their career aspirations. An inspiring, confident and independent woman definitely makes a better mother! " - Malini Gowrishankar, Ex-IT professional, Voice-over artist and Entrepreneur( F5escapes.com - travel company specializing in all-women travel)

2014-08-01 16:57:56 +0530

"Rear a child and have a career too. Get access to a creche at your workplace. Creches are a neccesity and a great step towards empowering women. " - Kala Charlu - Founder, MITU foundation

2014-08-01 16:56:05 +0530

Article published in DNA: http://epaper.dnaindia.com/story.aspx?id=22022&boxid=14640&ed_date=2014-07-31&ed_code=860009&ed_page=3

2014-08-01 16:54:42 +0530

"Setting up Creches in offices should be a natural progression and extension of where we want to be with the global standards of work places that support women to continue to work, as well as give a safe and nurturing environment." - Bhagya Rangachar - Founder CEO, CLT India

2014-07-25 17:37:58 +0530

1,000 signatures reached

2014-07-25 13:07:51 +0530

800 signatures reached

2014-07-24 11:20:47 +0530

Petition cited by Women's Web : http://www.womensweb.in/2014/07/more-creches-at-indian-offices/

2014-07-18 12:57:54 +0530

500 signatures reached

2014-07-17 12:31:31 +0530

With you support, We crossed 400 signatures today. We need to keep the fight on. Please help us a bit more by spreading the word in your network. Thanks a lot!

2014-07-03 15:36:44 +0530

Thank you all for signing this petition. Please would you do one more thing - share this petition with your friends. Thanks a lot!

2014-07-03 13:56:59 +0530

100 signatures reached

2014-07-03 09:30:57 +0530

50 signatures reached

2014-07-02 19:24:33 +0530

25 signatures reached

2014-07-02 17:27:58 +0530

10 signatures reached