Towards A Gender Equal Future of Work for Women: A Preliminary Case Study of Women in the Gig Economy in India During COVID-19

This policy paper represents an effort to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women platform workers in India, and makes the case for a stronger gender lens in discussions surrounding the future of work in the digital economy.

Covid19 had a devastating impact on platform workers and highlighted the precariousness of their work. However, little research has focused on the gendered experience of platform work in the southern context. This policy paper attempts to unpack the impact of Covid19 on women platform workers in India. It highlights the need for gender-disaggregated data on women’s experiences of the platform economy and the need for gender-focused policies to chart a course for a more gender-equal post Covid19 world of work.

  • The gender data gap of women working in the platform economy needs to be addressed
  • Women in the platform economy face insecure work and additional challenges like safety and limited mobility
  • The precarity of gig work intersects with issues arising out of socio-cultural conditions and offers little security to women
  • The gender pay gap on platforms needs to be further explored and addressed
  • Safeguards against workplace harassment need to be strengthened


Saloni Atal

Saloni Atal is a social psychologist who studies and mobilises around drivers for social change. She works with individuals, organisations and communities to advance gender equality, global mental health, decent work and sustainable development. She holds a MPhil in Social and Developmental Psychology from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Hong Kong with First Honours. Saloni is currently completing her PhD as a Gates scholar at the Cambridge Institute of Public Health, as part of which she is assessing the impact of a women's empowerment intervention in India.