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"Informal Workers and Child Care in Cities : Identifying Needs and Challenges''

July, 2019

Organised by - Institute of Social Studies Trust with Mobile Creche and WIEGO

Venue : The Claridges Hotel, New Delhi

Date : April 25 & 26, 2019



Informal Workers and Child Care in Cities: Identifying Needs and Challenges

Organized by Institute of Social Studies Trust, in partnership with Mobile Crèche and WIEGO

The Senate Room, The Claridges Hotel, New Delhi

25th & 26th April, 2019





25th April, 2019


9:30 am – 9:45 am


9:45 am – 10:00 am


Session I: Setting the Context

Chair: Dr. Rajib Nandi, ISST

10:00 am – 10:10 am

Welcome and Setting the Context

10:10 am – 10:30 am

Presentation:“Child Care as a Right of Women Informal Workers”

Speaker:Shalini Sinha, WIEGO

10:30 am – 10:45 am

Short Movie on “Women Informal Workers and Child Care: Highlighting Sectoral Issues in an Urban Setup” by ISST

10:45 am – 11:00 am

Expert Comments by Chair – Dr. Rajib Nandi, ISST

11:00 am – 11:15 am


Session II. a: Informal Women Workers and their Child Care Needs: Voices from the Field

CHAIR: Sumitra Mishra, Mobile Creches

11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Voices from the field: Women workers from 3 sectors share child care needs

Moderator: Shalini Sinha, WIEGO

·         Vanadana ben, SEWA

·         Mothers Collective, Safai Sena

·         Rita ji, Domestic Worker, Neev


12.15 pm – 12.30 pm

Expert Comments by the Chair – Sumitra Mishra, Mobile Creches

12.30 pm – 1:00 pm


1:00 pm – 2:00 pm



Session II. b: Informal Women Workers and their Child Care Needs: Experiences of Field Organizations

Chair: Aravind Unni, IGSSS

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Presentations By:

·         Kritika, SEWA Delhi

·         Debendra Kumar Baral, BVD

·         Navya D’Souza, Home Net South Asia

·         Richard Sundharam, Nirman

·         Sonia Sharma, Senior Manager, Mobile Crèche

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Comments by Chair – Arvind Unni, IGSSS

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm


4:00 pm



26th April, 2019


Session III: Understanding Locational Issues in Managing Child Care along with Paid Work Responsibilities

Chair: Firoza Mehrotra, HNSA

10:00 am – 10:15 am

Short Movie on “Public Accountability” by ISST

10:15 am – 10:30 am

Presentation: ‘Evidence of women’s work and childcare from the bastis of Delhi’, Mr Abdul Shakeel, Basti Suraksha Manch

10:30 am – 10:45 am

Presentation: ‘State Perspective on Locational Issues in Managing Child Care: Possible Support to Informal Workers’

Nisha Singh, Adviser to Deputy Chief Minister on issues of women and child care, Delhi Government

10:45 am - 11:00 am

Presentation: “Childcare: Perspectives of the Labour Welfare Board”

Mr. Thaneshwar Dayal, Labour Activist and Member, Delhi Labour Welfare Boards

11:00 am – 11:15 am

Expert comments by the Chair - Ms Firoza Mehrotra, HNSA

11:15 am – 11:30 am


11:30 am – 11:45 am


Session IV: Delhi Master Plan and child care

Chair: Mukta Naik, Centre for Policy Rsearch

11:45 am – 12:45 pm

Panel Discussion: “Child Care Provisioning and Delhi Master Plan 2041: Why and how must it be factored in?”

·         Chirashree Ghosh, Mobile Creche

·         Kanak Tiwari, project coordinator of MPD-2041 and head of the child-friendly smart cities project at NIUA

12:45 pm - 1:00 pm

Comments by Chair – Mukta Naik, CPR

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm


1:15 pm – 2:15 pm


Session V: Towards Solutions: Assessing Decentralisation and Community Participation as an Effective Tool in Provisioning of Child Care Support

Chair: Tikender Panwar, Member, All India Urban Forum

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Presentation: “Assessing Community Participation as a Strategic Tool for Meeting Child Care Need of Workers in Cities”

Speaker: Neetu Sharma, NLSIU Bangalore

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm

Presentation: “Decentralisation of Governance and Child Care in Delhi: A Situation Analysis”

Speaker: Chirashree Ghosh, Mobile Crèche

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm

Comments By Chair – Mr Tikender Panwar, Former DeputyMayor of Shimla and Member, All India Urban Forum

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm


3:15 pm – 3:30 pm

Summing Up and Vote of Thanks – Shalini Sinha, WIEGO

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm