Gender equality in the world of work

Is the gender pay gap real? Are there opportunities for women in agriculture? What's ailing the Indian labour force with regard to participation of women? How can we be more equal as a society and as a growing economy? Sher Verick, Deputy Director of ILO India, breaks down the paradox of low female labour force participation and how you and I can step up to foster an equal world of work. Watch.

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Comment by Rituu B Nanda on June 26, 2017 at 14:56

I want to share a news item which made me sad. Even if Transgenders are provided work, unless the context is addressed it will hard for them to continue to work.

In one week, eight transgender employees quit working for Kochi Metro

The reason for quitting: Nobody is willing to rent out house/rooms to them. The transgenders said they made many representations to Kochi’s mayor and the district collector but their pleas fell on deaf ears.

INDIA Updated: Jun 25, 2017 07:18 IST
Ramesh Babu
Ramesh Babu 
Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
Transgenders
Transgender employees of the Kochi Metro during a training at Muttom depot, in Kochi.(PTI File Photo)

While inaugurating the Kochi Metro last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had showered enough encomiums on it for absorbing transgenders into the work force in a big way.

The first of its sort, many termed it a revolutionary step but the ground reality is far from satisfactory.

In one week, of the 21 transgenders employed, eight have quit their job. The reason: Nobody is willing to rent out house/rooms to them. Sensing trouble, they said, they made many representations to Kochi’s mayor and the district collector but their pleas fell on deaf ears.

Raga Ranjini, a post-graduate, is working as a ticket collector at Edapally station and she draws a salary of ₹15,000 a month. “Right now I am staying in a lodge where the daily rent is ₹600. If the situation continues like this my rent will outweigh my returns. How can I sustain like this?” she asked.

Tripthi, another transgender, was offered a job in house-keeping but she refused it on the same grounds. “I am staying in a one-room house on the outskirts of the city. Without an accommodation I can’t shuttle every day so I opted out,” she said. In the first phase, 23 were offered jobs and 21 accepted. In the second phase it was planning to absorb 20 more.

A spokesperson of Kochi Metro refused to comment. However Kochi mayor, Soumini Jain, said she was not aware of the problem but she would take it up with metro and help find a solution.

Comment by Pradeep Kumar Panda on May 9, 2017 at 18:24

A recent study by UDYOGINI NGO in four states of India reveals female farmer and labourer get 30% less wage than male. Also there are several other studies supporting this fact. The reasons are illiteracy, male dominance, patriarchal society, less awareness, low confidence among many other. But if we need to transform agriculture sector, we need to empower women farmers. My blog on this aspect "Securing Rights of Women Farmers".

http://www.speakingtree.in/blog/securing-rights-of-women-farmers

Comment by Pradeep Kumar Panda on May 9, 2017 at 17:56

There exist gender gap in all spheres of life. In Agriculture, female farmer and labourer get 30% less wage than male. A recent study by Ernst and Young of 22,000 firms across the globe also suggest that female get less salary. Similarly a study on Gender Equality in the non profit sector in India by ISST also suggest same. 

Comment by Rituu B Nanda on May 9, 2017 at 9:45

Dear Diya,

I came across this article on 

3 Keys to Creating a Transgender Inclusive Workplace
Published on May 2, 2017  
Anna O'Dea
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/3-keys-creating-transgender-inclusiv...

Comment by Rituu B Nanda on May 3, 2017 at 13:46
 Transgenders and work
Yesterday I spoke to Sowmya T Gupta, Deputy Program Manager, Humsafar Trust, Delhi gives the perspective of Transgenders in workspace. Here is a short note on what Sowmya shared about Transgenders and work. 
Transgenders often find it hard to get employment. People don't want to see them or associate with them. When transgenders do get work, as soon as colleagues get to know their identity they lose their jobs or are treated in a way that they are forced to leave. Is there an environment for gender equality in office spaces? Washrooms are for men or women. Why not have gender neutral toilets to accommodate people of all sexual genders? 
Another barrier to employment among transgenders is education. There is high rate of school or college drop outs amongst transgenders due to the bullying they face in educational settings. 30-40% transgenders are graduates. 
Sex work is a major earning source for transgenders in India. Their day starts with violence and ends with violence. I cannot say office is my second home. Transgenders operate in a public spaces like gardens, streets etc where they often face physical and mental harassment. For new clients, they often have to move from place to place.

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