While reservations and active efforts to increase diversity have improved women’s participation in politics, much of the day-to-day functioning of Indian politics, even grassroots governance, remains a man’s game. Much of the absence of women in political leadership stems from gender gaps in overall political participation. Soumya Kapoor Mehta and Steven Walker from IWWAGE look at barriers and challenges to women’s leadership. Read the coverage here.
Bangladesh has witnessed an incredible growth in its economy over the past few years, roaring ahead of India in many areas despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Kartikeya Bhatotia (Research Associate – LEAD at Krea University) takes a deep dive into this story, examining factors that have contributed to Bangladesh’s growth, and shares lessons that India can take from its neighbour. Read it here.
In this research brief, Sujatha Srinivasan (Research Fellow) and Geetanjali GK (Research Associate) from LEAD at Krea University share insights on the impact of increasing awareness about arsenic contamination in the adoption of healthier and safer water-use behaviours in Bihar. The study was conducted in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods. Read it here.
While it is a welcome attempt to provide worth to housework, steps to reduce and redistribute such work are, perhaps, more important than asking for women’s unpaid work to be monetised, even notionally. They are important to ensure women’s rights and a sense of social justice. Soumya Kapoor Mehta (Head – IWWAGE) and Sona Mitra (Principal Economist – IWWAGE) look at the challenges to compensating women for their unpaid work. Read the article published by The Hindustan Times here.
IWWAGE’s recent study — ‘Generating Female Employment through Public Employment: A Scoping Paper’ — aims to estimate the impact of creating and regularising jobs for women within the system of public administration. The study also evaluates whether there is gender stereotyping in certain public sector jobs, and captures women’s perceptions of the benefits and constraints of being employed in such jobs. Read the report here.
Ria Dutta and Sharon Buteau of LEAD at Krea University share insights on the barriers faced by women entrepreneurs in India’s handloom and handicrafts sectors. The piece, published in AVPN Asia, delves into the existing ecosystem for women entrepreneurship and solutions to empower women entrepreneurs. Read the article here.
In an article published by The Hindustan Times, Soumya Kapoor Mehta (Head – IWWAGE) and Sona Mitra (Principal Economist – IWWAGE) write about universalising maternity entitlements and childcare as a public good in India and list out the steps needed to reduce and redistribute such work. Read the article here.
In an article published by The Financial Express, Soumya Kapoor Mehta (Head – IWWAGE), Sona Mitra (Principal Economist – IWWAGE), and Kanika Jha Kingra (Senior Policy and Advocacy Manager – IWWAGE) write about women’s expectations from the Union Budget 2021-22 and how it presents an opportunity to ensure that India’s economic growth and development is inclusive. Read the article here.
Women and girls across the world have been disproportionately affected in the year of the pandemic, not in terms of the impact of the virus, but more so socially and economically. Kanika Jha Kingra from IWWAGE and Surbhi Singh from The Quantum Hub (TQH), in an article published by The Indian Express, write about how India’s female workforce was largely invisible, underpaid, under-protected and constituted the largest segment of the informal workforce, which is among the worst-hit this year. Read the article here.
From assessing the gaps in childcare in India to looking at the impact of employment guarantee for women — learn about the latest developments and research in gender issues in India presented in a news format by IWWAGE. Watch the latest episode here.