Women motherhood early childhood development

Exploring the question of how poor Roma women’s status and situation influences children’s survival, growth and development

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The care a child receives is directly dependent on the knowledge, perceptions, abilities, skills and motivation of the primary caregiver or mother, the support she receives and the social services to which she has access.

All of these can be significantly compromised by poverty, illiteracy, gender bias and ethnic discrimination.

Since mothers, rather than “parents” or “families,” are the primary mediators of efforts to improve the growth and development of young children, it is critical that their needs and rights as women and as members of poor and excluded communities are addressed if improved child development outcomes are to be reached.

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