Women's Economic Empowerment in India: Soumya Kapoor on the CGD Podcast

August 11, 2021

Earlier this year, CGD launched a new initiative to research the gendered impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and make evidence-based recommendations to promote an inclusive recovery. Our research has highlighted three key areas of needed action: cash (making sure social protection and stop-gap financing programs reach and benefit women and girls), care (reducing and redistributing unpaid care work), and data (evaluating programs’ impacts on women and girls and strengthening data systems).  

In this episode of the CGD podcast, I invite Soumya Kapoor, head of the Initiative for What Works to Advance Women and Girls in the Economy (IWWAGE), to discuss how cash, care, and data have factored into IWWAGE's work in India.

Together we discuss how to break down the barriers that prevent women from participating and advancing in the workforce, the roles of local and international actors, and how Indian states are piloting promising policy models to be replicated and scaled.



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