Women in workforce
It is important that women capitalize on this experience to lay down healthy boundaries and share the responsibility of domestic tasks.
Women’s participation in urban areas was low initially but dropped further from 17 percent in 2004–05 to 14 per cent in 2017–18 for all ages, and from 23 per cent to 18 per cent for women above fifteen years of age.
No woman should have to choose between family and profession. She shouldn’t have to postpone motherhood or forgo it completely because of lack of support and an environment that clearly discourages her from balancing both.
The survey was conducted between April-June 2018 and January-March 2019 and it shows the data of the rising regular wage earners and salaried employees in the urban workforce where the total increase has been from 48.3 percent to 50 percent.
Despite being revered as suspicious, the year-round stigma remains that women belong in homes. The goddess needs to build on the wealth that a man brings into the household by saving or smart management of household expenses.
“You’re the only one you got, that’s why you have to take care of yourself. Nobody else is going to do that for you. If you don’t care about your body, your mental health, your emotions, then you’re going to be in trouble,” says author Kaveree Bamzai.
With 15.2 percent in 2019, India’s female representation on boards has been ranked at 23rd place out of 56 countries.
Everybody has a role to play in encouraging women to join/re-join the workforce, says UN Women’s Deputy Executive Director Anita Bhatia.
The latest NSSO data on youth (15-29) years shows that women’s participation has dropped from 37.01 per cent in 2004-05 and 24.4 per cent in 2011-12 to just 16.4 per cent in 2017-18.
Amitabh Kant said that whenever equal opportunities were given to women, they performed better than men. And therefore, Niti Aayog’s view has been that there is a need to create entrepreneurship amongst women.
“A lot of our work shows that women are discouraged to be at the workplace and the design of the workplace is not conducive for women,” said Shrayana Bhattacharya, Senior Economist from World Bank.
Data from 2011 Census says marriage was the reason behind 46 percent migrations in India, of which 97 percent are women.