Feminist Perspectives on the Future of Work in Asia

From a feminist perspective, what are the main challenges in the future world of work in Asia?

Much has been written about the Future of Work in Asia. Often, these accounts focus only on macro-level changes or assume homogeneous effects across social groups. This can have the effect of silencing or invisiblising the effects on already vulnerable social groups. Feminist perspective provide an opportunity to uncover power relations, and identify structures of marginalization and discrimination.

Transitions toward 4IR and the FoW are not merely techno-scientific issues, but are inextricably bound up with questions of social arrangements and institutions, power and exclusion, and normative, societal preferences. This issue brief identifies some of the key challenges in the current and future world of work in Asia from a feminist perspective.

This paper is part of the“The Future is Feminist” , a global project of the Friedrich- Ebert-Stiftung, working worldwide with feminists to develop positive visions for a better future that focus on economic policy issues and critical economic perspectives.


Urvashi Aneja

Urvashi Aneja is Founding Director of Tandem Research. She works on the governance and sociology of emerging technology; southern partnerships for humanitarian and development assistance; and the power and politics of global civil society. Urvashi is also Associate Fellow at Chatham House and a columnist for the Indian Express. She has a PhD from the Department of Politics & International Relations, University of Oxford. Previously, she was Associate Professor of International Relations at the OP Jindal Global University and Research Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation.