Centre for Internet & Society

Aayush Rathi was a speaker on a panel on domestic work and digital platforms, as part of WageIndicator Foundation’s 5th webinar on women and gig work.

According to the International Labour Organisation, the number of digital labour platforms has multiplied by five in just the last ten years. The Covid-19 pandemic has further accelerated the digitalisation of the workplace and the expansion of the gig economy across different sectors.

Gig work can offer women opportunities, for example, to enter or re-enter the labour market, earn an income, gain financial independence and flexibility… At the same time, however, many women across the world are encountering significant challenges in finding decent work in the gig economy.

Women in Gig Work is a two-part webinar event. The first webinar on 27 October will focus on domestic work, one of the sectors where digital platforms are expanding across the world. Domestic workers are, according to the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), the “original gig workers”. The sector is characterized for being highly informal, highly feminized and racialised, and for having precarious working conditions.

The second session of Women in Gig Work in March 2023 will focus on women's experiences in online web-based platforms.

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