Impact of Covid – 19 on Working Women

27/04/2020,

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We have been plunged into severe economic uncertainties created by the global pandemic Covid 19. Globally economists are constantly analyzing and predicting the future of economy each sector, each country and of course of the combined effect thereof in global economy. To make things worse, it is being globally acknowledged that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is not gender neutral, as it affects men and women differently. Globally, women are more vulnerable to economic shocks wrought by crises such as the coronavirus pandemic.

· How the eruption, the spread and the aftermath of the novel virus are affecting women now and its imminent impact?

· The numbers of women at work, their sustenance at the workplace, their pay, their career graph was already a matter of grave global concern, now with Covid – 19, are we seeing worse days ahead?

· Why should there not be gender blindness in the world’s responses to the pandemic, leading women to carry a disproportionately higher economic cost than men?

· What is the post – Covid 19 impact on working women, both in urban and the rural segment?

· How do we ensure that women are not further marginalized in these unprecedented times?

CII – IWN, West Bengal brings together Soumya Kapoor Mehta, Economist, Head, IWWAGE (Supported by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) and Monideep Banerjie, Journalist, Resident Editor, NDTV for an extremely vital discussion on all of this at this crucial juncture of life & economy. Let us interact with our panellist to understand why are women are more so at risk and how to create and sustain a gender neutral response to the pandemic.

Agenda

Activity 1: Introduction lines by Anuradha Chakrabarti introducing New Chairperson and Vice Chairperson. Handing over to Sucharita Basu – 3 mins

Activity 2: Sucharita Basu – Chairwoman presenting the IWN PPT and theme setting for Webinar discussions. Handing over to Sujata Guin – Vice-chairwoman as Moderator of Webinar – 15 mins

Activity 3: Core Panel Discussions starts : 45 mins total

a) Vice-chairwoman to introduce panelists and also mention the we also have with us: 2 mins

1. Ms Choten Dhendup Lama, IAS, Secretary, Panchayat & Rural Development Department with Addl. Charge of MD and CEO, West Bengal Livelihood Mission.

2. Sri Rajan Vir Kapoor Singh, IAS, MD, West Bengal Transport Corporation

3. Ms Rakhi Basu, Transport Specialist, World Bank

 

b) Soumya starts – runs her presentation and speaks on the points. –  20 mins

c) Vice-chairwoman – Takes up conversation as she deems fit with the panelists. – 20 mins

d) Vice-chairwoman – Invites questions and thoughts from to make it interactive. 25 – 27 mins approx.

1. Ms Choten Dhendup Lama, IAS, Secretary, Panchayat & Rural Development Department with Addl. Charge of MD and CEO, West Bengal Livelihood Mission.

2. Sri Rajan Vir Kapoor Singh, IAS, MD, West Bengal Transport Corporation

3. Ms Rakhi Basu, Transport Specialist, World Bank

4. Ms Kasturi Ghatak

5. Ms Smita Chatterjee

6. Ms Sreela Das Mitra

7. Other attendees

 

Activity 4: Vice-chairwoman – Vote of Thanks.  – 3 mins

Speakers

Soumya Kapoor Mehta, Economist, Head, IWWAGE (Supported by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)

Monideepa Banerjie, Journalist, Resident Editor, NDTV

Contact

Anuradha Chakrabarti – Deputy Director – 9830021388

Ananya Basu – Executive Officer – 9836026267