Gender & Livelihood

Gender & Livelihood

Recognizing and addressing gender disparities in livelihoods is essential for inclusive economic growth and empowering women to contribute fully to the economy and society.


We at CAF India are making continuous efforts to address these challenges and promote gender equity. Initiatives include promoting women’s entrepreneurship, providing skill development programs, improving access to finance and resources, and challenging discriminatory norms and practices.


Through our various intervention we have realised that women face access issues at various point of employment, be it pay parity, access to quality child care, access to formal employment, job security and social protection, and access to skill training and capacity building.

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Women & Employment Landscape

Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS July 2021-June 2022) shows that 29.4% of women (aged 15-59) were part of India’s labour force in 2021-22, as compared to 29.8% in the preceding year.
In contrast, men’s participation rate improved from 80.1% in 2020-21 to 80.7% in 2021-22.
A 2018 McKinsey report estimated that India could add $552bn to its gross domestic product (GDP) by increasing its female workforce participation rate by 10 percent.
According to a research by Pew, roughly a third of adults (34%) feel that child care should be handled primarily by women.