WCD ministry decision to increase maternity leave from the current 12 weeks to 26 weeks for all women is welcome.
- Establishments with 30 women workers or 50 total workers to provide crèche facilities for their employees.
- India has shockingly low rates of recognised work participation by women (around 24 per cent) that have even declined over the past decade.
- Huge economic loss for the country, a sign of the continuing low status of women and their lack of agency in Indian society.
- Most women in India are involved in unpaid work in their homes or communities which is socially necessary but unsung and unrewarded.
- Patriarchal attitudes, social restriction on mobility, concerns about commuting time and about security at work and the difficulties of managing domestic responsibilities along with the paid jobs are the other impediments.
- Address the huge issue of unpaid work, by recognising it ,reducing it, and redistributing it..
- Deal with concerns about women’s security, focus on education that reduces the number of female dropouts and improves quality.
- Work towards reducing the huge gender gaps in wages in most activities.