is a national network of organisations and individuals
concerned with issues relating to women working in the unorganised
sector and care of their children.
It came into being on 17 January 1989 following the recommendations
of the Shram Shakti Report ( 1988) brought out by the National
Commission of Self Employed Women and Women in the Informal Sector.
This report brought attention to the livelihood needs of millions of
poor women, the need for work, employment and to have security of
wages in order to survive. The neglect of their children and the
need for a safe place to leave them emerged as a critical issue.
The Shram Shakti report
made a strong plea for setting up of a national network of child
care services for poor working women and strongly argued for a
national commitment to child care services. The plan to lobby for
such a course of action by a national forum of concerned non-
governmental organizations which would also assist in spelling out
the policy framework and programme of action was the motivating
factor for the emergence of Forum for Crèche and Child Care Services
Though founded to act as a pressure group, the network is committed
to the survival and development of the young child (0-6 years) and
women working in the informal sector.
The National Secretariat rotates among member organisations and is
housed within the headquarter of the concerned organisation. The
network was first housed in CWDS (Centre for Women’s Development
Studies) followed by Mobile Crèches (1993) and YWCA of India in
2002. This is in keeping with the principle of rotation and
decentralized system of functioning envisaged in the running of
FORCES network. Since 2007 it is located in CWDS.
There are two main decision-making bodies - the Policy Committee and
the Steering Committee both of which provide direction to the
National Secretariat. The Convenor organisation plays a supportive
role by providing space for the National Secretariat and also raises
funds for its activities.
Decisions Making Bodies
Delhi based Organisations
Steering Committee Members
State Convenors and Coordinators
National & State level Members
National Secretariat rotates amongst the
headquarters-based member organizations to ensure ownership. Since
April 2007 it is housed at Centre
for Women's Development Studies, New Delhi.