Women, Work, and the Gig Economy

A collaborative research initiative coordinated by the JustJobs Network (JJN), supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) as part of the Future of Work in the Global South (FoWiGS) initiative. This initiative studies how digital platforms can enhance women’s economic empowerment and build gender-inclusive labor markets in the Global South. This cohort of researchers will:
1) Deepen our understanding of the challenges and opportunities that women face in accessing and benefitting from work opportunities through digital platforms;
2) Discover innovations, practices and solutions that platforms may use to create higher-quality, inclusive work, and
3) Collaborate directly with policymakers, online enterprises and workers to scale proven solutions through better design and regulation of labor practices.
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Digital Platforms and Women’s Work in Sri Lanka and India

This project will assess the ecosystem within which women engage in platform-based work in India and Sri Lanka, and investigate how labour regulations, platform business practices and state policies can support women’s economic empowerment through digital work.

Centre for Policy Research, World Resources Institute, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, LIRNEAsia

Organizing Digitally: Opportunities for Collectivisation Among Female Workers in South Asia

This project explores the extent to which women workers in the informal sector in India and Bangladesh can use digital platforms to optimize their livelihood, share grievances and communicate directly to the top of the supply chain and improve their working conditions, allowing their voices to contribute to the design and governance of the future of work.

University of Hyderabad, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Driving Inclusion Through Empowerment and Decent Work: The Case of Filipino Women in Online Work

This project will fill critical knowledge gaps related to women’s engagement in the digital platform economy, studying the case of the Philippines as the country that has one of the world’s highest rates of people engaging in online work.

Philippines Institute for Development Studies

Opportunities, Costs and Outcomes of Platformized Home-based Work for Women: Case Studies of Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand

This project will assess women’s opportunities for home-based work on four different kinds of digital work platforms in Cambodia, Thailand, and Myanmar. The goal is to examine the economic and empowerment outcomes of such work and to enable comparisons across different forms of platform-based work.

JustJobs Network, Centre for Economic and Social Development (Myanmar), Kenan Foundation Asia

Centering the Agency of Women in Thailand’s Platform-based Care Economy

This project explores precarity and gender-based issues in Thailand’s platform-based care economy. By centring the voices of women workers, this research seeks to strengthen women’s decision-making power in determining the employment and working conditions and contribute to an inclusive future of work.

Just Economy and Labour Institute

From Bottom-of-the-pyramid to Top of the Platform Value Chain: An Action-research on Developing Inclusive Platform Models for Women Workers in the Global South

This project explores the emergence of digital platforms as mediators of work opportunities for women in the informal economy in India; it will incubate and test the impact of digital platforms that are run by social enterprises or cooperatives, creating space for women in the informal economy to participate in digital work and contribute to developing the terms of their work.

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