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Addressing the Low Female Labour Force Participation in India
Addressing the Low Female Labour Force Participation in India
August 24, 2022

Addressing the Low Female Labour Force Participation in India
– Fossil Foundation’s SelectHER programme

While COVID-19 starkly exposed India’s gender-based gaps in labour force participation, it also presented an opportunity to re-evaluate structural barriers and to “build back better”. With the burden of unpaid care work falling largely on women, how to envision an economic model that is more gender inclusive? Can it strike the right balance between growth and sustainability?

Fossil Foundation took a step in that direction through its SelectHER programme that enables women to smoothly transition from classrooms to the workplace. Its women-focused skill training takes a holistic approach as it encourages personality development alongside agency-building. The programme seeks to create safe spaces for women to learn and grow, through counselling and on-the-job training support.

Our blog on the SelectHER programme highlights how such long-term engagements can add value to the employability of women and bring meaningful change in society. From creating awareness on reproductive health to imparting financial literacy, the SelectHER programme supported 110 women at different stages of their career with interventions catered to their unique needs.

Read more about the programme, in our blog here:

Sattva built out a detailed playbook for funders for investing in women-focused skill development programmes which entails insights from the SelectHER programme and a guide for philanthropic funders and implementing partners while designing and funding women-focused skill-development programmes for effective outcomes. Some of the key guidelines for sponsors while designing women-centric skill development programmes include:

– Focusing on taking a holistic view of the candidate’s needs, circumstances and aspirations
– Importance of teaching a skill that has strong industry need and acceptance of the skill
– Equipping women and girls with 21st century soft-skills such as team-work, collaboration, using digital tools, learning how to learn
– Creating a space to educate women on issues related to menstrual hygiene, sexual harassment, financial literacy to overcome and resolve structural and normative barriers women face

Sattva has, over the past two years, tried out different models and tested hypotheses which can best achieve the goal of economic empowerment of young girls.

To learn more about the impact of the SelectHER programme on women and best practices on how to help in the upward mobility of girls for scale, take a look at our detailed playbook for funders for investing in women-focused skill development programmes:


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