Senior research managers Gayani Hurulle and Ayesha Zainudeen recently shared insights on the experience of women in India and Sri Lanka working remotely and flexibly during the pandemic at a jointly organised by LIRNEasia, the Centre for Policy Research (New Delhi) and the JustJobs Network at the 2022 Internet Research Conference (organised by the Centre for Internet and Society, CIS). LIRNEasia has been working with CPR and JJN over the last two and a half years on research on if and how digital platforms are empowering women with regards to work opportunities in India and Sri Lanka.
The panel was moderated by Sabina Dewan (President and Executive Director, JJN) with panellists bringing in different perspectives and data. Devesh Taneja (Co-Founder, Vyre) started the discussion off with an overview of the platform ecosystem, business models and incentives. Gayani presented data on the gendered incidence and perceptions of remote work during COVID from our nationally representative surveys of the impacts of COVID in the two countries. Both Mukta Naik (Fellow, CPR) and Ayesha then brought in insights from our joint research Ecosystems of Engagement: Digital Platform and Women’s Work in Sri Lanka and India, with Mukta speaking about empowerment impacts and Ayesha speaking on what flexible work really means in this context. Hue-Tam Jamme (Assistant Professor at the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University) then brought in findings from similar work in Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar.
The full (combined) slide set from the session can be viewed here.
The research presented is being funded by IDRC (Canada) is part of the larger Women, Work and the Gig Economy research consortium.Download PDF Email