Seminar on Women in Household Economy: Issues and Challenges towards Gender Equality

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A three-day National Seminar on “Women in Household Economy: Issues and Challenges towards Gender Equality” was organized by Department of Women’s Studies, Indian Social Institute, New Delhi on 11th – 13th October, 2018 within its premises.  This Seminar was inaugurated by Dr. Joye James SJ, Secretary of Jesuits in Higher Education Association of South Asia (JHEASA). Dr Denzil Fernandes SJ, the Executive Director of ISI, Delhi, extended a warm welcome to all delegates and Dr. Archana Sinha, the Convener of the Seminar and HoD, Department of Women's Studies, Indian Social Institute, New Delhi, introduced the Seminar and presented the dynamics of the Seminar. Ms. Aya Matsura, Gender Specialist, International Labour Office (ILO), New Delhi delivered the special lecture on “Care Work and Care Jobs for the Future of Decent Work”. Dr. Aasha Kapur Mehta, former Prof of Economics,  Indian Institute of Public Adminsitration (IIPA), New Delhi, delivered Key Note Address on "Rectifying the Invisibility of Women's Work: Evidence from a few villages and slums".  Twenty Five papers were presented by academicians, professors and research scholars from different parts of India during technical sessions which were chaired by eminent personalities such as Dr. Ritu Dewan, Director and Professor, Department of Economics, University of Mumbai; Dr Sabiha Hussain, Director, Sarojini Naidu Centre for Women's Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi;  Dr. Vincent Ekka, HoD, Department of Tribal Studies, ISI, Delhi, and Sr. (Adv) Tresa Paul,; Dr. Sanghmitra Acharya, Centre for Social medicine and Community Health (CSMCH), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi;  Ms. Jessy Augustine, Advisor on Gender and Development, World Vision India, New Delhi; Dr. Shanta Kerketta, Professor, Lady Irwin College, New Delhi; Dr. Shashi Bala, Fellow, V.V.Giri National Labour Institute, Noida; Dr. Shipra Maitra, Professor, Institute of Human Development, New Delhi. Ms. Subhalakshmi Nandi, International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW), New Delhi and Ms. Shalini Sinha, Women in Informal Employment Globalising and Organising (WEIGO), New Delhi were the panelists for the discussion "Women in Informal World of Work". Dr. Anushree Sinha, National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), New Delhi, delivered Valedictory Address on "Work, Activity and Equality: Women in the Indian Household Economy". This National Seminar analyzed the conceptual issues in gender-based inequality within the domain of women in household economy; and reflected upon the loss in achievement due to inequality between men and women in terms of labour force participation and various dimensions of gender inequality. It also argued that the assumptions to capture women's work remain inadequate and misleading, resulting in only a partial recognition of gender inequalities in accounting for women's labour. The Seminar concluded with a formal Vote of Thanks by Dr. Archana Sinha.

Archana Sinha

Department of Women's Studies (Indian Social Institute)