Enabling women's work

Women’s work participation rates in South Asia, with the exception of Nepal, are low compared to other regions. Social norms continue to influence work-seeking behaviour, resulting in persistent concentration of women workers in certain occupations and as home-based workers.

As countries in the Asia and the Pacific region continue to recover from the global economic crisis, the ILO’s Decent Work Agenda and the Global Jobs Pact provide critical policy frameworks to strengthen the foundations for a more inclusive and sustainable future.

As part of an ILO project on Female Employment Trends in South Asia, this paper by Ratna M. Sudarshan reviews the situation facing women in the world of work in South Asia. Drawing on a discussion covering measurement, education and skills development, employment opportunities and social norms, she provides an encompassing policy framework.