21.06.2019

Women and the future of work in Asia – a new FES project

Researchers and labour activists from nine Asian countries are to assemble in Indonesia to explore the question how women’s perspectives can be integrated into the debates on the future of work.

Design by FES/Kawin Tadtiam

The future of work will see wide-ranging changes for employers and workers, including automation, artificial intelligence, and a rise in temporary or gig-based employment. Some of these changes have particular implications for women workers, and their perspectives deserve particular attention.

Researchers and labour activists from nine Asian countries are to assemble in Bali from 25 to 28 June 2019 to explore the question how women’s perspectives can be integrated into the debates.

The conference will kick off a new regional project by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) on the topic with the working title Women and the Future of Work in Asia .

This conference is to provide a platform to focus on analyses of gender roles in the world of work and develop progressive ideas as well as narratives to advance sustainable gender justice. This will be done using an intersectional approach and focusing on those groups and narratives that are missing in mainstream debates about the future of work.

Experts from Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan. Philippines and Thailand will discuss the main discourses and debates in their respective countries. Together with academics and labour activists the group will discuss what areas to focus on, and how current debates about care work and about technology, automation and digitalization can benefit from women’s perspectives. In addition to challenging mainstream patriarchal and neoliberal discourses around the future of work, the project also aims to bring perspectives from the Global South to the table. 

To go beyond theoretical debates, FES also invited Elizabeth Tang, the Secretary General of the International Domestic Workers Federation and Dr. Hidayat Greenfield, Asia-Pacific Regional Secretary of the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations to share their experiences.

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For more details on the regional work by FES in Asia contact the Singapore-based FES Office for Regional Cooperation in Asia

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