The gravity surrounding the challenge of educating women joining and staying in the workforce attracts far lesser attention than it’s due. This is largely because of limited or no awareness on the following fronts:
- Facts and figures around the participation of educated women in the workforce
- The reasons for this situation whether societal, structural, policy, or a matter of choice
- Potential solutions
To elaborate, India is severely lacking in data on various aspects of the ‘women and work’ issue. How many women would rather be in the workforce but are out of it? What is the primary reason for educated women to not be a part of the formal employed workforce? What is the impact – both socio-economic and cultural? What does it imply for gender equality? Are there mechanisms to address this – in India, in other parts of the world?
Where do the answers lie?
The problem is complex and multi-layered, as are the solutions. They require an inter-disciplinary approach involving women, policy-makers, employers and institutions, and other influencers. Creating awareness across these stakeholders – individually and collectively – is a pre-requisite for achieving meaningful change.
TFWW is committed to creating awareness to enhance the participation and impact of educated women in the workforce.