Childcare Solution and Job Opportunity for Women

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Photo credit: Sy Bean, The Seattle Times

A Two-in-One Success Story from Seattle

The lack of affordable and culturally-appropriate childcare often prevents women from entering the workforce. Beliefs and traditions about
“appropriate” work for women do the same.  These barriers are closely related and difficult to address in isolation.

This success story of the Somali community in Seattle solves both.

Community integration. The value of supportive local government. The amazing resilience of refugees. This model offers so much to inspire, as well as great ideas for others to consider when struggling to address barriers that especially affect women refugees.



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