Women & Work

These are projects at the Indian Statistical Institute being led by Prof. Farzana Afridi, and supported by IWWAGE. The overarching objective is to rigorously analyse the constraints that women face in engaging in remunerative economic activities, and suggest new policy measures, while also evaluating existing programmes that aim at unleashing women’s economic potential fully in India.

IWWAGE aims to build on existing research and generate new evidence to inform and facilitate the agenda of women’s economic empowerment.

Projects

How the gendered division of domestic responsibilities influences women’s ability to productively engage in paid work outside the home
Female labour force participation in rural India has declined from 49% in 1999 to 28% in 2017. Has structural transformation in agriculture played a role?
As work opportunities in agriculture shrink, the future lies in improving women’s access to jobs in manufacturing and services. Understanding the demand and supply factors that determine their participation in these sectors, is crucial
Examining the impact of Covid-19 on livelihoods, and physical and emotional well-being of the urban poor, with a focus on the gendered experience of the crisis.

Events

Workshops, Public Lectures & Summer School

March 12, 2021
Women in the Economy: Call for Papers
Workshop
Online
March 5, 2020
Women in the Economy
Workshop
ISI, Delhi Centre
July 25, 2019
India’s Women, Work and Development: Issues at the Research – Policy Nexus
Summer School
ISI, Delhi Centre

Media & Dissemination

December 22, 2020
December 22, 2020

Kanika Mahajan presented the paper titled ‘Covid-19, Employment, and the Role of Social Protection Programs’ at the 4th Consumer Pyramids Research Seminar organised by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy Pvt. Ltd. (CMIE).

December 17, 2020
December 17, 2020

Farzana Afridi presented findings from the clean fuel project at a seminar organised by the Economics Department, National University of Singapore.

December 10, 2020
December 10, 2020

Afridi delivers the Prof. K. Vasanthi Devi Endowment Lecture on ‘Raising women’s labour force participation in India: What will it take?’ at Ethiraj College for Women, Chennai.

December 02, 2020
December 02, 2020

Mahajan presents findings from the agriculture project at a seminar organised by IDinsight.

November 28, 2020
November 28, 2020

Mahajan delivers a talk titled ‘Gender and jobs: Exploring the demand side in India’ at Women in Econ and Policy.

November 19, 2020
November 19, 2020

Afridi delivers a keynote on ‘Women’s work, production technology and the environment’ at the Environment for Development Initiative’s (EfD) Annual Conference.

Get Involved

We hire economists, gender experts, program specialists, researchers, industry, and domain experts. IWWAGE offers a variety of job opportunities in research, administration, finance and communications.There are frequent opportunities both in the offices of IWWAGE and in the field.