NSSO indicates that the worker population ratio for females in the rural sector was 24.8 in 2011-12 and 54.3 for males. In the urban sector, the ratio is 14.7 for females and 54.6 for males.
Female participation in the labour force has remained lower than male participation as women account for most of the unpaid work. Poor participation ratio of women in the labour force gets repeated in the poor ratio of participation of women in skill development courses.
Mainstreaming gender roles by skilling women in non-traditional roles and increasing gender sensitivity in the workplace will have a catalytic effect on productivity and can be a smart economic decision.
Skill development for employability can be used as an agent of change in promoting women’s employment.
Skill development initiatives under MSDE need to work in synergy with policies of the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD).