United Nations Public Lecture: The Invisible Workers: Rights, Justice and Dignity for Domestic Workers

01 Mar 2014

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Venue: SCOPE Convention Centre, SCOPE Complex, Lodi Road, New Delhi

ILO India in collaboration with the United Nations in India is organizing a public lecture as part of UN’s Public Lecture Series on 1 March 2014 at the SCOPE Convention Centre, SCOPE Complex, Lodi Road, New Delhi. The lecture titled ‘The Invisible Workers: Rights, Justice and Dignity for Domestic Workers’ will be delivered by Jayati Ghosh, Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University. The lecture will also be webcast live on our website.

News Articles

Articles by Jayati Ghosh

When home is no help
8 Jan 2013, Frontline
Domestic work mostly takes place under extremely difficult and oppressive conditions, with low pay, no limits on working hours, lack of respect for the workers, and almost no protection or social security.

Changing patterns of domestic work
12 Nov 2012; Hindu Business Line
Domestic work is emerging as and is likely to remain an important activity for women workers in several developing countries, including in urban India. This makes the task of improving labour conditions in such work a difficult but urgent imperative, argue C. P. Chandrasekhar and Jayati Ghosh.

Work without pay
5 May 2007, Frontline
There should be not only social recognition of unpaid labour but also some attempt by society to reward or compensate those who perform it.

Uncovering women's work
September 2007, InfoChange News & Features
A substantial amount of women's time is devoted to unpaid labour. Yet, much of women's work is invisible. The productive contribution of household maintenance, provisioning and reproduction is ignored. As a result, inadequate attention is paid to the conditions of women's work and its economic value.

The Plight of Domestic Workers in India
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Domestic work takes place under extremely difficult and oppressive conditions with low pay, no limits on working hours, lack of dignity and no protection or social security.

Women's work: Has anything changed?
9 Aug 2011, Hindu Business Line
One striking feature of the latest National Sample Survey round results is the apparent decline in female employment in 2009-10 compared with 2004-05. This edition of MacroScan examines this feature in more detail to isolate the important processes and factors at work.

Women’s work in the India in the early 21st century
It is impossible to understand women’s work in India – or indeed anywhere else in the world today – without situating it in the specific trajectory of capitalism in that location.

Social protection is the best foundation for development
8 Nov 2011, Poverty Matters Blog
An important report calls for social protection measures to become a permanent part of a new strategy for inclusive growth.

Are our labour markets less segmented now?
3 Feb 2014, Hindu business Line
Caste and other forms of social discrimination have a long tradition in India, and they have interacted with capitalist accumulation to generate peculiar forms of labour market segmentation that are unique to Indian society.

India still a vast informal economy
28 Oct 2013, Hindu Business Line
Even as the government is obsessed with growth, it ignores the poor quality of that growth despite the evidence. An example of this is the backwardness that characterises much of non-farm production.

Where have all the women workers gone?        
11 Nov 2013, Hindu Business Line
Recent employment data makes a startling revelation: despite the fact that more girls are staying longer in school, it’s not getting more of them into the work force. Patriarchy still rules. What else is new?

Women at work – the grim global picture
14 Oct 2013, Hindu Business Line
Recognition and remuneration for the work done by women has always been a crucial determinant and indicator of their status in society. This edition of Macroscan considers the recent evidence on global trends in women’s recognised work.

Inequality is the biggest threat to the world and needs to be tackled now
20 Feb 2013, Poverty Matters Blog
The post-2015 agenda must ensure universal access to quality basic goods and services, and tackle earlier policy failures.

Women's health is more than an economic issue
23 Nov 2011, Poverty Matters Blog
While higher income levels mean countries have more money to improve women's health, ultimately it comes down to how governments decide to spend the money.

A world of inequality
18 Sept 2008, Poverty Matters Blog
As economies slow down, people in the developing world who did not gain from the boom will face deteriorating conditions.

Poverty Play
23 Aug 2013, Frontline
YET again the Central government has mired itself in controversy by releasing its latest poverty estimates based on the consumption expenditure survey of the NSSO (National Sample Survey Office) Survey of 2011-12. The Planning Commission’s poverty line, using methodology suggested by the Tendulkar Committee in 2010, is now apparently defined as the spending of Rs. 27.20 per capita per day in rural areas and Rs.33.40 in urban areas.

What about aam aurat?
21 Feb 2014, Frontline
IN Indian politics, a month is clearly a very long time. In mid-December the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)—which as a fledgling political group had done remarkably well in the Delhi Assembly elections—created both excitement and optimism that it could provide a new, different way of doing politics, which would be accountable to the common people and would connect with their concerns.

Whose public interest?
14 June 2013, Frontline
The government of India has taken the stifling of dissent in the name of public interest to great lengths without encountering any resistance.

How not to urbanise
22 Feb 2013, Frontline
The model of urban development that has been adopted recently in China takes little from the preserving and conserving approaches found in Europe that provide aesthetic value, pleasant public spaces for residents and varying and mixed use of urban locations.

Labour regulation and employment growth
One of the major failures of the neoliberal economic strategy in India over the past fifteen years has been inadequate employment generation. Yet the obvious lessons from this experience – that obsessively contractionary macroeconomic policies and forms of technology choice encouraged by economic openness have been responsible – are not drawn by those in charge of policy making.

About Jayati Ghosh
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Jayati Ghosh is one of the world's leading economists. She is Professor of Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has authored and co-edited several books and numerous scholarly articles. She is a regular columnist for several journals and newspapers, and is closely involved with a range of progressive organizations and social movements. She was the Chairperson of the Andhra Pradesh Commission on Farmers’ Welfare in 2004 and Member of the National Knowledge Commission from 2004-09. She has consulted for many international organizations, including UNDP, UNCTAD, UN-DESA and ILO. She was also awarded the NordSud Prize for Social Sciences 2010 of the Fondazione Pescarabruzzo, Italy, and the ILO Decent Work Research Prize for 2010.