In her latest blog post, JustJobs Network’s Tanja Verena Matheis draws attention to the vulnerability of workers in global value chains as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Drawing a parallel to the climate crisis, she explains how ‘forces majeures’ have become more frequent, impacting livelihoods in South and Southeast Asia.
Across the world, the nature of urban planning and city governance depends a lot on how power is distributed among tiers of government. India and Indonesia have both pursued strategies to “decentralize” their governments and invest local authorities with more power. Those policies and their effects, however, look different across the two countries.
In recent decades, megacities in India and Indonesia—the world’s largest developing country democracies—have grown increasingly inaccessible to rural-urban migrants. For anyone who hasn’t obtained higher levels of education, the potential wage boost in moving from a rural area to a big city has been eroded by increasing skill demands in the labor market and higher costs of living. Small cities, meanwhile, pose fewer barriers for rural-urban migrants.
Cities are often seen as sites of emancipation and freedom for women, as compared to the social restrictions of the village and the hard manual labour of working on the farm. Small cities might not offer the level of freedoms women experience in the metropolis, they do, however, create specific opportunities for young women to access non-farm work. A gender inclusive planning and governance framework is urgently needed to leverage the potential for improving women’s work outcomes in these places.
December 01, 2020
3:30 - 5:00 PM (India Standard Time)
Online (MS Teams)
The world of work is changing rapidly and the COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating this trend. Less than two decades ago, hailing a cab meant standing on the side of the street and waving one down. Food delivery was limited to restaurants that could afford delivery personnel, and business process outsourcing conjured images of young professionals in call […]
June 19, 2020
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (India Standard Time)
Against the backdrop of the differential impacts of COVID-19 on gig workers, how have and will women gig workers/sellers fare? This webinar will bring the voices of some women entrepreneurs that have leveraged platforms to build their livelihoods to the forefront. Participants will hear how women gig-workers, platforms and experts assess the current and future impact of the pandemic on gig work.