Gender and economic policy discussion forum

The Forum looks at ongoing reform initiatives ‘through a gender lens’, drawing attention to gender differentiated behaviour and outcomes that policy formulation needs to take care of. The Forum wants to contribute to strengthening gender sensitivity in Indian public policy and provides a platform for interaction between economists, policy makers, and gender advocates in a structured manner and will make special effort to reach out to students and university faculty.

Dear Readers

The discussion from each gender and economic policy forum is succinctly recorded in the form of a briefing note for broader sharing and reflection. The briefing note contextualizes the topic, and provides recommendations in the direction of a gender sensitive public policy and discourse.

The briefing notes of all past forums are made available here on this page.

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Forum 32

Tuesday, 25. August 2020 / New Delhi

Briefing Note 32

Forum 31

Thursday, 08. Nov 2019 / New Delhi

Briefing Note 31

Forum 30

Thursday, 08. Aug 2019 / New Delhi

Briefing Note 30

Gendered impact of the Covid-19 pandemic & the associated lockdown: The readjustment of women's labour

By March 2020, amidst growing evidence on contraction of industrial production, demand, real GDP and employment over several successive quarters, economists had already forewarned a recession. It was in such a situation that India imposed one of the world’s most stringent lockdowns to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease.


Women in tourism: Unpacking the entrepreneurship and livelihood prospects

The forum attempts to unravel the complexities of women’s roles in the tourism sector and the opportunities that are available for them. The discourse would consist of the current trends of participation of women in the sector, the scope, what are the challenges and opportunities for women as formal or informal workers, entrepreneurs; how the tourism sector could play an important role in providing women a secure source of livelihood, independency and identity.


Gender concerns and representation of women in gerneral elections

An active democracy is represented by governance models and electoral processes where equality and freedom to represent are cut across gender. The 1950 Constitution of India provided for all its citizens, ‘JUSTICE’, Social, Economic and Political and ‘EQUALITY’ of Status and Opportunity.



Past Forum


Discussion forum 28

13 November 2018

Discussion forum 27

05 October 2018



Discussion forum 24

10 October 2017