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Briefing paper

Automation, women, and the future of work

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Will women benefit from the rapid automation and digitisation that is set to change the world of work as we know it? How can we ensure that women’s economic interests are brought into focus, and that debates on the future of work are not about the changing relationship between man and machine, but between people and machine? This briefing explores the impact of automation on women and work in developing countries, considering global targets on valuing unpaid care, rights to economic resources, and access and use of information and communication technologies.

This Rapid Response Briefing was written by Becky Faith, and reviewed by Pauline Oosterhoff, Institute of Development Studies.  Further editing was provided by Sarah Nelson and Kelly Shephard.

 

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