Daily-wage female labourers are seen at work in the eastern Indian state Odisha’s capital city Bhubaneswar [Photo by STR/NurPhoto via Getty Images]
In December 2020, data released by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) revealed that the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the economy led to a disproportionate fall in the labour participation rate of women in the country.
According to CMIE, women accounted for 10.7 percent of the workforce in 2019-20, but they suffered 13.9 percent of the job losses in April 2020, the first month of the lockdown shock. By November 2020, men had recovered most of their lost jobs but women were less fortunate. Nearly 49 percent of the job losses by November 2020 were of women.