New Delhi: Employment for women with “higher productivity” in the labour market should be policy makers’ key concern for ensuring enhanced rights and economic empowerment, an ILO report has suggested.
The report titled ‘Current employment strategies and women’s work’ has said, “Policy makers have to accept that problem of Indian women is not so much of finding work as of finding work with higher productivity.”
Making work more productive will not only make women economically empowered but it will also improve the standards of living of a large section of the population, it suggested.
Besides, “increasing productivity of all their tasks will ultimately enable women to make their own choices about the work they do”, it said.
The report also suggested raising productivity in their existing occupation, saying as most of the workers are married and have family responsibilities, it might be very difficult for them to move to other more productive sectors or locations.
On a conventional calculation, women’s contribution to the GDP is roughly 20%, but a large part of their work and contribution remains invisible in such estimates, the report said.