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 11, 2021
Women in the Economy: 3rd Annual Workshop
Workshop
Zoom
March 5, 2020
Women in the Economy: 2nd Annual Workshop
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

March 5, 2021
March 5, 2021

Farzana Afridi discusses findings from the Covid-19 Survey at a panel discussion on ‘Accelerating gender equality in India post-COVID’, organised by the London School of Economics in the run-up to International Women’s Day. Click here for video, podcast, and blog.

February 11, 2021
February 11, 2021

Afridi, Kanika Mahajan and Nikita Sangwan write on Did MNREGA Cushion Job Losses During the COVID-19 Crisis?, The Wire (published in collaboration with Ideas for India)

January 14, 2021
January 14, 2021

Afridi presents the paper titled ‘Gendering Technological Change: Evidence from Agricultural Mechanization’ at the STEG-CEPR Annual Conference.

December 22, 2020
December 22, 2020

Mahajan presents 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

Afridi presents 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.

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.