Creating opportunities for young rural women in India

Deborah Greenfield, ILO Deputy Director-General, talks about how young rural women are breaking conventional gender norms by training to become barefoot technicians.

Date issued: 04 September 2017 | Size/duration: 00:01:06



The DDG shares her first impressions on how the barefoot technicians training programme, supported by the ILO, has benefited young rural women.

India has one of the lowest female labour force participation rates in the world. Social norms and the lack of alternative job opportunities continue to constrain women from accessing jobs. The barefoot technicians training programme, launched in 2014 by the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, is currently operational in 19 Indian states. It is a unique training programme that addresses the issue of employment generation by training rural youth to supervise and monitor rural works created under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).