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.