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The precarity of the existence of migrant and daily wageworkers

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The situation of migrant, daily wage, and casual workers has become more precarious in the wake of the pandemic and lockdowns – and the hardest hit among these workers are women and children.  

The Insitute of Social Sciences’ work with the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung seeks to understand the impact of the pandemic on the access to education of working-class children returning to school after the pandemic-induced lockdown.

The work also looks at women’s unpaid care work, which is not considered ‘productive’ and is deliberately obscured by cultural norms. Unpaid work includes reproduction, child care, looking after the elderly and sick, cooking, cleaning, and shopping — the burden of which was disproportionately borne by women during the pandemic.  As per global studies, 75 per cent of the total unpaid care work is performed by women.

About the Institute of Social Sciences

The Institute of Social Sciences was motivated and driven by the urgency of intertwining participatory democracy with development. It is a think tank and a resource centre on local democracy, democratic decentralization, human rights and women’s political empowerment at grassroots level. Its numerous researches, advocacy through conferences, seminars and workshops, monitoring of government policies through public interest litigations and other direct forms of interventions have received considerable acclaim nationally and internationally.

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