ActionAid is reducing time women spend in caring for their children and making it possible for them to engage in other productive activities to support their families in the Nangodi community by constructing a Child Care Centre to reduce the burden of child care on women in the Nabdam District of the Upper East Region.
The GH¢38,000.00 facility is expected to accommodate 30 children and is equipped with an office, bathroom, teaching and learning materials, a resting room with mattresses, carpets, mats, and furniture.
The construction of the centre forms part of ActionAid’s Promoting Opportunities for Women’s Empowerment and Rights (POWER) project.
Funded by the European Commission, the five-year POWER project is intended to contribute to the economic empowerment of 6000 rural women in Ghana. POWER is also reducing the burden of Unpaid Care Work (UCW) on women.
“Women and girls who live in poverty sometimes forget that they have a basic human right to education, decent work and leisure time. Instead, due to the burden of Unpaid Care Work, women spend all their time attending to daily household activities. The purpose of the centre is to give women the time to engage in other productive activities”, explains Alhassan Sulemana, ActionAid’s Upper East Regional Programme Manager.
Sulemana said: 'Policies must recognise the role of women and girls in the provision of unpaid care work, taking into account the need to reduce the drudgery of unpaid care work and redistribute it to include men and other family members, thus laying the basis for true gender equality.'
The Nangodi community is the sixth child-care centre in the Upper East region ActionAid has constructed or renovated.