Understanding and Improving Women's Work on Digital Labor Platforms

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Anita Gurumurthy was invited to the stakeholder consultation workshop on ‘Understanding and Improving Women's Work on Digital Labor Platforms’ organized by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on 27 July 2023 in New Delhi.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is implementing a research project titled, ‘Understanding and improving women's work on digital labor platforms’ in select developing countries, namely India, Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). The project explores the penetration of digital labor platforms in different sectors of the economy and assesses their business models.

As part of the project, a scoping study was prepared for India that identified key sectors for conducting the research, which were validated at an inception workshop with the ILO’s tripartite constituents held in July 2021. Drawing on quantitative and qualitative information gathered, the project has produced a draft report titled, ‘Digital labor platforms in India: Opportunities and challenges for women’.

The main aim of the consultation workshop in July 2023 was to share and validate the findings of the draft report with key stakeholders to seek their feedback and engage in an exchange of ideas, while taking forward the discussions held in India in July 2021. In addition to the report of findings, a section of the consultation workshop aimed to bring forth focused discussions on the extension of social protection for digital labor platform workers.

More information on the project can be viewed here. Concept note of the event is available here.