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IWWAGE 3rd Bimonthly Seminar

Impact of World Bank’s Adolescent Girls Initiative (AGI) on the socio-economic status of young African Women

Shubha Chakravarty, Senior Economist in the World Bank’s Social Protection and Jobs Practice in South Asia

Young women are a key demographic with the potential to transform gender relations and contribute to economic growth and development. Many programs in low-income countries offer evidence to economically empower young women, however, the scale of these are often limited. In this context, the talk highlighted evidence from a set of World Bank-supported projects in seven low-income countries in Africa under the Adolescent Girls Initiative for scaling up of women’s empowerment programs and the consequent socio-economic impact. The talk put light on competing models and the “best practice” for young women’s economic empowerment, and scaling up of similar programs in India and West Africa.
The discussion was held on October 30, 2019 in New Delhi.


The Adolescent Girls Initiative 2008-14 Global Results

IWWAGE 2nd Bimonthly Seminar

In(visibility), Care and Cultural Barriers: The Size and Shape of Women’s Work in India
Ashwini Deshpande, Professor of Economics, Ashoka University

The talk focused on the reasons underlying low labour force participation of women in India. This was based on a recent study that explores the interlinked complexities of women’s choice, constraints posed by domestic work and care responsibilities, and the predominant understanding of cultural norms as factors explaining the low labour force participation as measured by involvement in paid work.

The discussion was held on August 30, 2019 in New Delhi.


(In)Visibility, Care and Cultural Barriers: The Size and Shape of Women’s Work in India

IWWAGE 1st Bimonthly Seminar

Home Production, Technology and Women’s Time Allocation in India

Dr Farzana Afridi, Associate Professor, Economics and Planning Unit, Indian Statistical Institute

The talk focused on documenting trends in women’s time allocation between market, home production and leisure. It highlighted the possible role of technology in reducing the time allocated to domestic work by women and potentially improving their health.

The discussion was held on May 17, 2019 in New Delhi.

Roundtable: SHGs for Women’s Economic Empowerment

The Initiative for What Works to Advance Women and Girls in the Economy (IWWAGE), through its Centre of Excellence on Women’s Empowerment Collectives, organized a breakfast roundtable on “SHG Federations for Women’s Economic Empowerment: Setting a New Agenda” on December 11, 2018 in New Delhi.

The discussions revolved around the following thematic areas :

  • The Role of SHGs in Women’s Economic Empowerment (Doing away with Financing Barriers)
  • Enterprise Promotion for SHGs: Current Gaps and Successful Models

Read the full SHG report here: http://ifmrlead.org/iwwage

IWWAGE-ISST Roundtable

IWWAGE and the Institute of Social Studies Trust co-organized a day-long round table discussion on “Women’s Employment Within an Entrepreneurship Model”.

The discussion was held on January 21, 2019 in New Delhi.

Kathopakathan Conversation about Women's Economic Empowerment

Organised by The NCAER-National Data Innovation Centre (NDIC) and Institute for Financial Management Research-India Initiative for What Works (IFMR-IIWW)

NDIC and IFMR-IIWW jointly organised an initiative, Kathopakathan (conversation) on Women’s Economic Empowerment in New Delhi, attended by representatives from the spheres of research, policymaking, and data collection. The discussions at the Kathopakathan event are part of a series of activities to be undertaken by NCAER-NDIC for building research capacity, and promoting innovation and excellence in data collection in the country. The interactive sessions at the event revolved around two themes surrounding women’s economic empowerment –

How can policy opportunities enhance women’s economic empowerment through participation in the workforce by countering the constraints faced by them in the labour market? 

Should the nature of data collection change given the evolving nature of work and contextual factors that influence such activities, especially since the available data sets on women’s economic participation like the NSS have apparently not kept pace with far-reaching changes in labour markets?

Women, Work and Migration in India: Towards Collaborative and Strategic Advocacy
Women, Work and Migration in India: Towards Collaborative and Strategic Advocacy
22-24 August, 2019
Organized by:  SEWA-GAATW-MAKAAM
IWWAGE participated as a presenter at the two and half-day workshop in Hyderabad with organisations working with women migrant workers, academicians, researchers and the ILO. The discussions pertained to issues emerging from distress migration of women, the source-destination of migration and the current status of the economy  and its impact on women’s migration patterns.
Gender, Unpaid Work, and Care: Towards Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

IWWAGE participated as a presenter at the two-day workshop to commemorate International Women’s Day. The workshop saw participation from experts and practitioners working on gender and labor issues, including scholars from various academia, concerned ministries from the government, international organizations, and civil society.