Nepal National Dissemination Workshop
Kathmandu, May 2017
Oxfam in Nepal, the advocacy advisory partner for the study in Nepal, along with the ISST and IDS hosted more than 50 delegates representing the Government of Nepal (GoN), INGOs, NGOs, civil societies, independent researchers in ‘Balancing Paid Work and Unpaid Care Work by Women in Nepal, National Dissemination of Workshop’ in Kathmandu on 31st May, 2017.
In this one-day workshop, three panels were organized based on the themes of the research finding - the social organization of care, precarious working conditions of women in unorganized sector, and balancing paid and unpaid work. Each panel consisted of a researcher - presenter from ISST for Nepal, a Chair and two discussants (from Helvetas, KEP, Government of Nepal, etc.) who shared their comments on the findings in the working paper.
Some of the significant discussions revolved around non-recognition of women’s unpaid care work in programme and policies, non-availability of jobs for rural women, low bargaining power, negligible organizing of rural women, limited implementation of policies such as worker safety and insurance as in the case of Karnali Employment Programme, need for disaggregated data for policy change and programme implementation, etc. In the last session of the workshop, a group activity was conducted where in the participants discussed possible policy advocacy strategies that could be taken up in the future.
Women in paid work from low income families are engaged in poorly paid, precarious employment, even as they are overburdened with unpaid care work responsibilities. This double burden has depleting consequences for both their mental and physical wellbeing, as well as those of their children. Women’s economic empowerment programmes have to both improve the options and conditions of women’s paid work and recognise, reduce and redistribute their unpaid care work burdens for these women to move from a double burden to a “double boon”.