Parallel session
Gender and employment

This session on gender and employment discusses the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown and containment measures, on women’s opportunities, employment dynamics, time-use and wellbeing in a set of countries with already wide gender gaps, and relatively low female labour force participation rates (such as India and Turkey).

The session offers new evidence using the latests datasets and provides further gender insights regarding the most vulnerable and/or highly affected population groups in these countries. The panel of speakers will examine the kinds of problems and obstacles that working age women face in re-entering the labour market and improving their wellbeing, providing valuable advice for informed policy interventions. 

Milla Nyyssölä | Chair 

Milla Nyyssölä has a PhD in economics with research experience in labour and gender economics, poverty, vulnerability and inequality, tax-benefit microsimulation models, behavioural economics, and development aid. She is the focal point of UNU-WIDER’s country project on Tanzania - Sustainable development solutions for Tanzania – strengthening research to achieve SDGs. She also holds a position of Senior Researcher at the Labour Institute for Economic Research in Finland.

Aysegul KayaogluAysegul Kayaoglu | Presenter

Aysegul Kayaoglu is an Associate Professor of Economics at Istanbul Technical University, Turkey, and a Research Associate at Economic Research Forum, Egypt. Her main research interests are labor economics, migration, crime and informal institutions. Her current project is ‘The impact of residential segregation on economic integration of Syrian refugees in Turkey’.

Rosa AbrahamRosa Abraham | Presenter

Rosa Abraham is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Sustainable Employment, Azim Premji University. Her research has focused on forms of informal labour in India, examining the rise of informalization in the formal/organized sector and the consequent impacts on productivity and inequality. She is an author and contributor to the annual State of Working India reports published by CSE. Her interests include labour and development economics particularly issues relating to women's work, measurement of work and the changing nature of informal work.

Priyanka Chatterjee | Presenter

Priyanka Chatterjee is presently serving as Assistant Professor, Department of Economics and International Business, School of Business Studies, Sharda University. Previously she was formerly Assistant Professor, School of Management, Presidency University, Bengaluru and Senior Programme Coordinator and Data Analyst in Public Health Resource Society (Network). She has also been a lecturer in various colleges of Kolkata and New Delhi.

Malvya Chintakindi | Presenter

Malvya Chintakindi is an international development professional and a practising anthropologist with a background in Monitoring-Evaluation-Learning, participatory research, advocacy and programme development. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Oregon with a research focus on gender inequality, gender-based violence, notions of development and community-based interventions.

Jackeline VelazcoJackeline Velazco | Presenter

Jackeline Velazco is Associate Professor at the Economics Department, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and Lecturer at University of Girona (Spain). She has a PhD in Economics from the University of Manchester (UK) and Master degree in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies (The Netherlands). Her research experience on development economics covers: agricultural economics and rural development; well-being and quality of life in developing countries and household economics.