Workshop on "Gender dimensions of paid and unpaid work in China and India", Kunming, China 26-28 September 2014, organised by Economic Research Foundation, New Delhi and Tsinghua University, Beijing, with support from Ford Foundation.
Sep 30, 2014.          
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A conference bringing together feminist economists from China and India was successfully organised in November 2013 in New Delhi, India. It provided a forum for very interesting discussions that covered a wide range of issues and laid the basis for future collaborative work. Building on that experience, it was felt that there is scope for further and more detailed comparative investigations in specific areas. One issue that proved to be of great interest was that of gendered employment patterns. This is an area where there are strong differences across the two countries, but also sufficient similarities to make the comparison of trends worthwhile.

To specifically examine the gender-specific patterns of paid and unpaid work in China and India, Economic Research Foundation in collaboration with Tsinghua University, Beijing, organised a workshop in Kunming, China over 26-28 September 2014, with support from Ford Foundation.

Some of the themes that were covered in the workshop are:

  • macroeconomic processes and women's employment
  • changes in work force participation rates;
  • women workers in agriculture;
  • informality and women's work;
  • women workers in export-oriented manufacturing;
  • outsourcing, value chains and female workers
  • old and new services as employers of women;
  • conditions of women workers in public versus private employment;
  • the care economy and unpaid work.

The programme of the workshop is as follows:

Friday, 26 September, 2014

Opening Session: 9:00-9:30 am

Welcome: Jayati Ghosh

Introductory Address: Zhou Wen

Session 1: 9:30 – 10:30 am- The macroeconomic context of employment trends

Chair: Andong Zhu

C.P. Chandrasekhar – On some determinants of the level, growth and quality of employment.
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Comments- Andong Zhu

Session 2: 10:45 am -12:30 pm- Recent employment trends

Chair: Devaki Jain

Xiao-yuan Dong - Trade liberalisation, social policy development and Chinese women's paid work in the decade after Chinas accession to the WTO.
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Ritu Dewan – Gender, globalisation and trade.
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Session 3: 1:30– 3:00 pm- The macroeconomics of women's work

Chair: Xiao-yuan Dong

Chirashree Dasgupta: Macroeconomic processes, gender and labour in India.
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Jayati Ghosh - Why is women's workforce participation declining in such different economies as India and China?
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Session 4: 3:15- 4:45 pm- The recognition and valuation of women's work

Chair: Shen Youjia

Feng Yuan – Valuation and devaluation of women's work- unanswered questions.
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Indira Hirway: Integrating unpaid work into macroeconomics.
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Session 5: 4:45 - 6:15 pm- Women workers and time use in agriculture

Chair: Wei Zhang

Liqin Zhang - The impact of care-giving of rural women on agricultural production.
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Sanchari Roy Mukherjee: Wage determination and wage discrimination in the tea plantation sector in India.
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Saturday, 27 September, 2014

Session 6: 9:00– 10:30 am- Informality and women's work - 1

Chair: Zhun Xu

Fan Lulu - The non-precariat in the informal sector: a study of female-led cooperative production team in garment industry of China.
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Smita Gupta - Home based work of women: a study in the unorganised sector in Delhi.
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Session 7: 10:45 am - 12:15 pm- Informality and women's work –2

Chair: Nirmala Banerjee

Liangshu Qi - Time poverty in China: measurement and policy assessment.
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Vibhuti Patel - Informality and feminisation of urban poverty in India.
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Session 8: 1:30- 3:30 pm- Unpaid work and the care economy

Chair: Indira Hirway

Shen Youjia - Crisis of care and the mechanism of distribution of care burden.
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Lan Liu - Unpaid care and labor supply of middle-aged men and women in urban China.
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Subhalakshmi Nandi - The unpaid work discourse from a feminist lens: reflections on power, politics and policy from the global south.
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Session 9: 3:45 to 5:15 pm- Changing employment patterns and gender gaps

Chair: Ge Yuhao

Li Qin - Industrial transfer, migrants flow and wage difference.
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Neetha Pillai - Of segmentation, marginalisation and exclusion: sectoral dimensions of women's employment in India's service economy.
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Sunday, 28 September, 2014

Session 10: 9:00 to 10:30am- Gender discrimination in public and private employment

Chair: Jayati Ghosh

Yuhao Ge – Gender discrimination in college graduates' labour market.
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Indrani Mazumdar – Of rights as workers: women in public services.
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Session 11: 10:45 – 12:15 pm- Organising women workers

Chair: Weiwei Ren

Jing Liu - Will trade unions help to reduce the gender wage gap and discrimination in China?
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Sujata Gothoskar – Women workers organising in the current context.
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Session 12: 12:15-1:30 pm- Open Discussion, Closing Remarks and Plans for the future.


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