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Transformation of Women at Work in Asia

Transformation of Women at Work in Asia
An Unfinished Development Agenda

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Sukti Dasgupta - Chief, Employment and Labour Market Policies Branch ILO, Geneva
  • Sher Singh Verick - Deputy Director, ILO Decent Work Team for South Asia and Country Office for India, New Delhi.

September 2016 | 336 pages | SAGE India

This book examines the drivers of, and barriers to, participation of women in the Asian labour market for its socio-economic development and structural transformation.

Based on original comparative research and extensive fieldwork, Transformation of Women at Work in Asia highlights the commonalities as well as the diverse nature of challenges that women across Asia face in gaining access to more and better jobs. Findings show that women across the continent have contributed significantly to its spectacular growth story; yet, social norms and economic factors limit their levels of participation.

The book calls for a comprehensive approach to improve opportunities for women’s participation in the labour market as well as for the freedom to engage in paid employment. This will, in turn, contribute to a more inclusive growth process. It addresses important challenges faced by women workers and provides policy options for governments to promote decent work opportunities for women across social strata. 
Tomoko Nishimoto
Foreword by
Sukti Dasgupta and Sher Verick
Fernanda Bárcia de Mattos and Ruchika Chaudhary
Women Labour Force Participation in Asia: Trends and Issues
Govind Kelkar
At the Threshold of Economic Empowerment: Women, Work and Gender Regimes in Asia
Steven Kapsos, Andrea Silberman and Evangelia Bourmpoula
Decline of Women’s Labour Force Participation in India: Explaining the Puzzling Trend
Partha Saha, Sher Verick, Santosh Mehrotra and Sharmistha Sinha
Declining Female Employment in India: Insights from Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh
Rushidan Islam Rahman and Rizwanul Islam
Women’s Employment in Bangladesh: Beyond Garments
Ramani Gunatilaka
Factors Holding Women Back from Market Work in Sri Lanka: To Work or Not to Work?
Kang Chandararot and Liv Dannet
The Life-cycle of Women in the Labour Market in Cambodia: Subsistence Versus Wage Employment
Makiko Matsumoto
Women’s Employment in Indonesia: Gaining More from Structural Transformation
Sukti Dasgupta, Makiko Matsumoto and Cuntao Xia
Women and Men in China’s Labour Market: Is Inequality on the Rise?
Sukti Dasgupta and Sher Verick
Mapping Out a Way Forward: Can Policies Make a Difference?

“The scholarship is rigorous, well researched, well supported and well organised. It clearly provides a richly textured exploration of the unfinished development agenda vis-a-vis woman at work in Asia… deserving of becoming an important text in any course on gender economics and labour.”

Social Change, Volume 50, Issue 1, 2020

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