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Policy Engagement

Policies and programmes if designed using a gender lens can ensure gender equity and empower women and girls. One of the key areas of IWWAGE’s work includes strengthening government engagement and informing policies and programmes to improve the lives of women and girls. By evaluating programme effectiveness to provide scalable solutions to policymakers and implementing agencies, we support key stakeholders to understand and use rigorous evidence and data to improve policy and programming on advancing gender equality and women’s economic empowerment in India.

IWWAGE also undertakes analysis of various policies and programmes and provides actionable and feasible recommendations to improve gender mainstreaming efforts in public policy design and implementation. IWWAGE experts are part of various committees set up by Union ministries and provide technical expertise and advisory support to strengthen gender responsive planning, budgeting and programming.

Transformative financing for gender has the potential to visibilise the inadequacies in budgetary allocations and advance the agenda for macroeconomic financing architecture that goes beyond current gender budgeting approaches. By recognising the centrality of adequate and appropriate allocations, utilisation of financial resources and establishing holistic approaches to transformative financing for gender equality, we can improve the socio-economic outcomes for women and girls.

This section includes analyses of budgets from a gender lens; recommendations, technical expertise and assistance provided to the union and state governments on gender budgeting; as well reports developed by IWWAGE experts who are part of various committees constituted by the government to provide technical expertise and advisory support to strengthen gender responsive planning, budgeting and programming.

Suggestions to the Broad-based Committee on GRB
An analysis of the GB statement 2020-21
Analysis of Union Budget 2020-21
Opportunities for transformative financing for women and girls

The Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE) has introduced 4 labour codes in a bid to revamp labour laws related legislations in India. In this regard, the MoLE has consolidated 29 central laws into 4 labour codes (the “Labour Codes”). These Labour Codes are divided into 4 categories: i) Wages, ii) Industrial Relations, iii) Social Security, and iv) Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions. Twenty-nine central labour Acts, one of which dated back to 1923, have been subsumed into four codes, with the aim of simplifying the laws and ensuring higher productivity and generation of decent employment.

The Ministry, introduced the draft Code on Social Security (Central) Rules on November 13, 2020; and the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions (Central) Rule 2020, on November 19, 2020.

In response to the request for comments on the draft rules, IWWAGE suggested a few amendments and made a submission to the MoLE.

Suggestions for Draft OSH and Working Conditions Rules, 2020
Suggestions for Draft Code on Social Security (Central) Rules, 2020