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

May 12, 2021
May 12, 2021

Kathleen Beegle writes about the paper on Covid-19 and MNREGA, in a World Bank Blog.

May 5, 2021
May 5, 2021

Afridi discussed findings from the Covid-19 Survey at a conference on ‘Impact of Covid-19 in India and Pathways to Recovery’ organised by IGC India.

May 5, 2021
May 5, 2021

Farzana Afridi discussed findings from the Covid-19 Survey at the release of report on ‘State of Working India 2021: One year of Covid-19’, by Azim Premji University.

May 3, 2021
May 3, 2021

Sanchari Roy discusses findings from the Covid-19 Survey at a session on ‘The gendered crisis: Livelihoods and mental well-being in India during Covid-19’, organised by the Bangalore International Centre.

March 5, 2021
March 5, 2021

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)

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.