Impact of Covid-19 Crisis on Urban Poor in Industrial Clusters: A Gender Lens

IWWAGE-LEAD at Krea University

As work opportunities in agriculture shrink, the future lies in improving women’s access to
jobs in manufacturing and services. It is hence, important to understand the demand and
supply factors that determine their participation in these sectors, which has been
stagnating. This project seeks to examine the profile and background of women workers
in contemporary industrial and urban landscapes – types of opportunities available,
barriers to participation, and aspirations and expectations from industrial employment.


The project aims to situate the findings within the context of existing policy and regulatory frameworks and the implications they hold for women’s industrial employment. When the Covid-19 pandemic hit and the lockdown was imposed in March 2020, a phone survey of low-income households in industrial clusters of Delhi NCR was undertaken, to assess the impact on livelihoods, and physical and emotional well-being –with a focus on the gendered experience of the crisis.
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  • Delhi (NCT)


  • Policy brief


  • Gender-based issues
  • Livelihoods