Tuesday, 03.08.2021

Centering Women in India's Digitalizing Economy

A step towards empowering women in securing their rights and well-being in India’s digitalising economy.

Photo credit: ITFC
Photo credit: ITFC

IT for Change and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), with support from the European Commission, are undertaking a five-year (2020-2024) project on Gender and the Digital Economy called Centering Women in India's Digitalizing Economy. This project is supported by a grant from the EU under an EU-India cooperation titled "Civil Society Organisations: Enhancing CSOs' Contribution to Governance and Development Processes".

The project aims to increase the knowledge and capacity of social enterprises working with women workers and capitalise upon opportunities in the digital economy through national, regional and global policy discussions on the future of work and social and digital inclusion of women workers.  

The project has three main components:

  • A participatory action research, undertaken in association with two social enterprises, Vrutti and LabourNet, and cooperative federation, Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA), to pilot, test and refine digital platform business models, in order to enhance livelihood opportunities and access to support services for marginal women farmers and women workers in the informal economy;
  • The development of a national policy community on Gender and the Digital Economy, through the creation of National Gender Fellowships for early career women researchers and ongoing inputs from a feminist perspective into digital economy and data policy debates;
  • The creation of an EU-Asia-Africa-India knowledge network, through commissioning 12 international think pieces to provide cutting-edge analysis at the intersections of gender and the digital economy and organizing an international policy dialogue. 

Know more about the project and the progress so far here.

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