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 studies the politics, social impacts, and ethics of technology transitions in the global south. She has written extensively on the challenges and risks of AI in India, the emerging gig economy and labor well-being, data governance and gender and technology. She has served on government committees for artificial intelligence and frontier technologies. Urvashi is also an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, a Tech and Social justice champion at the World Economic Forum, and a former member of the T20 Task Force for the Future of Work in the G20. She regularly writes for national media publications and has been quoted in the BBC, Reuters, CNBC, Times of India, and Indian Express, among others. Previously she was a Research Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation and Associate Professor at the Jindal School of International Affairs. Urvashi has a Doctorate from the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Oxford