According to PLFS 2021, a staggering 80% of women attribute their absence from the labour force to being engaged in domestic duties, making the unpaid labour economy a central theme for the discourse on women’s economic participation in India.
In this podcast episode, we try to understand the context of women and the unpaid labour economy in India, and why Indian women are less economically empowered than other countries in the Indian subcontinent.
We deep-dive into the methods to understand it and address some of these challenges. To discuss this, we are joined by Dr Sona Mitra. Sona is currently the Principal Economist at IWWAGE and a Lead at Krea University. She also teaches as adjunct faculty at the Ambedkar University Delhi. Her specialisations are in research on gender and labour development, economics, public policy and labour statistics.