Migration and Remittances: The gender angle C. P. Chandrasekhar and Jayati Ghosh

The gender distribution of migrant workers has a macroeconomic impact – it affects both the level and the volatility of remittance inflows, as the Asian experience shows. The gender distribution of cross-border migration obviously matters because women migrating for work face very different conditions from those of men migrants, whether in the source country, or in the process of travel or in the destination country. These are crucially affected by the gender construction as well as the nature of labour markets in both societies of origin and destination. This is well accepted and now quite widely studied. However, the macroeconomic…

Women’s work in India Jayati Ghosh

One of the difficulties with discussions on employment in India is the tendency to conflate employment and work. But employment is only that part of work that is remunerated, and in India a vast amount of work is actually unpaid and often not even socially recognised. Once we recognise that, a lot of what appears to be inexplicable about Indian employment trends becomes easier to understand. This is especially true of women’s work. There has been much discussion on the evidence from recent NSS large sample surveys on employment, of the significant decline in women’s workforce participation rates. The work…

Budget 2018: The finance ministry’s grey shades of ‘pink’ Jayati Ghosh

Has the Union Ministry of Finance really turned gender-sensitive at last? At least according to its own lights, it has. Indeed, the creators of the Economic Survey are so excited by this new perspective that they have been moved to colour the cover of their document pink. (Presumably, no one has yet told them about how such colour stereotyping is no longer fashionable.) And – instead of the usual practice of clubbing together matters relating to women with children, social sectors and other supposedly “soft” stuff – there is an entire chapter in volume I of the Survey devoted to gender and specifically…

The Triple Talaq verdict: Victory in one battle in a much longer war C.P. Chandrasekhar and Jayati Ghosh

The Supreme Court’s welcome verdict in the Triple Talaq case should bring public attention to the problems and needs of separated and divorced women across all religious communities in India. Triple_Talaq (Download the full text in PDF format) (This article was originally published in the Business Line on August 28, 2017.)

Did Beijing 1995 Make any Real Difference for Women? What else do we need to do? Jayati Ghosh

“More of the same will not do.” That’s the important takeaway from the new report “Progress of the World’s Women 2015” from UN Women. Twenty years ago, the Beijing Summit of the UN was seen as a pathbreaking attempt to bring about major improvements in the conditions of women across the world. But did it really make much difference? What has actually changed in terms of gender disparities? And what can we do to make sure that this time around – as the international community contemplates new global goals for sustainable development – there will be genuine and transformative progress…

Ashis Nandy and the Vicissitudes of the Self: Critique, subjectivity and Indian civilization Jose Mauricio Domingues

Critical analysis of Ashis Nandy’s work shows that several concepts that he endeavoured to develop offer interesting instruments for contemporary social sciences. Ashis_Nandy (Download the full text in PDF format) (This article was orignially published in Portuguese, entitled  “Ashis Nandy e as vicissitudes do self. Crítica, subjetividade e civilização indiana”, in Mana, vol. 16, 2010 (pp. 31-58).)

World Development Report 2012: Gender equality and development – an opportunity both welcome and missed (an extended commentary) Shahra Razavi

That the World Bank has devoted its 2012 flagship publication to the topic of gender equality is a welcome opportunity for widening the intellectual space. However, it is also a missed opportunity. By failing to engage seriously with the gender biases of macroeconomic policy agendas that define contemporary globalisation, the report is unable to provide a credible and even-handed analysis of the challenges that confront gender equality in the 21st century. world_development (Download the full text in PDF format) (This article was originally published by United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD).)

Migration and Gender Empowerment: Recent trends and emerging issues Jayati Ghosh

This paper attempts to study the issue of women migrant labours as women today form a significant section of national and international migrant. The process of migration, and how that can be gender-differentiated, is discussed with particular reference to the various types of female migration that are common: marriage migration, family migration, forced migration, migration for work. These can be further disaggregated into legal and irregular migration, all of which affect and the issues and problems of women migrants in the process of migration and in the destination country. migration (Download the full text in PDF format)

Gender Inequality in a Globalizing World Stephanie Seguino

Emphasis on market-friendly contractionary macroeconomic policies in recent years has done little to promote greater gender equality even in the case of the managed-market approaches adopted by the East Asian late industrialisers. This paper therefore argues that gender equitable expansionary macroeconomic and development policies are required, including financial market regulation, regulation of trade and investment flows, and gender-sensitive public sector spending. gender_inequality (Download the full text in PDF format)

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