Gender Economic Equity and The Future of Work: A Future of Work that Works for Women

Urvashi Aneja, along with José Florito and Margarita Beneke de Sanfeliu, members of the T20 taskforce on Gender Economic Equity write on the Future of Work for women.

Future of Work debate has been more centered on robots than on workers. The excessive focus on automation and technology’s potential displacement of jobs has neglected other trends that are also re-shaping the labor market as we know it. Digitalization and the gig economy, demographic changes and the associated care crisis, and the demand of new skills are equally important and will have a major impact on how we understand and carry out work. Critically, evidence suggests that these trends have specific implications for gender equality and women’s empowerment. The contribution of this brief is to place a gender lens on the future of work debate, highlighting what is known – as well as remaining data gaps – and make firm policy proposals.