The price of pandemic is being paid by women
Nearly two-thirds of India’s working women lost their jobs in April 2020. Very few had returned by August
If a large chunk of a young nation’s population doesn’t participate in economically productive wage-earning work, collective prosperity and growth become that much harder
It has been a long wait for Archana Kushwaha. In late-March, the private school where Kushwaha taught math and science shut down following a stringent lockdown to contain the covid-19 pandemic. Seven months later, the school in Atarra town of Uttar Pradesh remains shut. Online classes are not an option for the rural families who sent their children to the Ambedkar Shikha Niketan in the chronically poor Bundelkhand region. Since April, all five teachers, including 27-year-old Kushwaha, have been out of job.