Women in India

Is Covid forcing women out of jobs in India?

What changes can be made to increase female participation in the workforce?
India has a poor record of women’s participation in the workforce. Less than a quarter of women were employed before the pandemic, ranking India among the bottom 10 countries in the world in terms of women’s employment.

But the pandemic is making matters worse, with more women than men dropping out of jobs. In fact, recent studies estimate that four out of five women are currently not working in India. The situation is said to be particularly stressful in the informal sector, which employs nearly 80% of all working women.

So, what is the ground reality? What do employment trends in urban and rural areas tell us? And what are the other challenges women face as extra chores are added during the pandemic?

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss if Covid is worsening the women’s employment crisis, and what can be done to make more Indian women join the paid workforce.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Neha Bagaria, founder & CEO, JobsForHer; Sabina Dewan, president & executive director, JustJobs; Soumya Kapoor Mehta, head, IWWAGE

The extraordinary life of the 'human computer'

Shakuntala Devi didn't go to school but her maths skills were record breaking
An Indian film based on a the life of a world renowned mathematician has been released on Amazon Prime Video.  

Her impressive arithmetic skills gained Shakuntala Devi  the title of 'the human computer'. She was also a writer.  Her daughter Anupama Banerji tells us more about her.

(Picture: Shakuntala Devi.  Credit; Anupama Banerji)

'Bollywood is a place where meritocracy runs supreme.'

Bollywood actress Vidya Balan talks about her journey in the Hindi film industry.
Bollywood actor Vidya Balan is known for changing the portrayal of women in Hindi cinema with her choice of female-oriented roles. She started her career as a television actor and crossed over to the Hindi film industry with 'Parineeta' in 2005. She has won numerous awards but has also dealt with body shaming and a string of failures.
She tells BBC's Devina Gupta about her journey in the Hindi film industry and how she deals with failures and criticism.