Impact of COVID-19 National Lockdown on Women Waste Workers in Delhi

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Monika Banerjee

Institute of Social Studies Trust

Monika Sharma

Institute of Social Studies Trust

Date Written: May 2020

Abstract

As part of ISST's research initiative to understand the immediate impact of COVID-19 imposed lockdown on women workers in the informal sector, this study specifically focuses on the plight of women waste workers and segregators residing in bastis located in south west district of Delhi. The data for the study has been collected for the support of Bal Vikas Dhara (BVD), a twenty six year old organization, working with the waste picking community in Delhi. Key Informants (KI), Mamta from BVD, and Akbar from Basti Suraksha Manch (BSM) were also interviewed to get broader insights on the situation of these workers. The study aims to highlight the impact of the lockdown on the paid and unpaid work of the women waste workers and also to reflect on the challenges they are facing in their effort to cope with not only the health risk this pandemic poses but also the economic vulnerability that it has imposed.

Keywords: Waste Workers, Informal Women Workers, Health Hazards, Paid and Unpaid Workers - COVID Impact

JEL Classification: J68, J7

Suggested Citation

Banerjee, Monika and Sharma, Monika, Impact of COVID-19 National Lockdown on Women Waste Workers in Delhi (May 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3993608 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3993608

Monika Banerjee (Contact Author)

Institute of Social Studies Trust ( email )

U.G. Floor, Core 6A India Habitat Centre
Lodhi Road, New Delhi
New Delhi, DE Delhi 110003
India

Monika Sharma

Institute of Social Studies Trust ( email )

U.G. Floor, Core 6A India Habitat Centre
Lodhi Road, New Delhi
New Delhi, DE Delhi 110003
India

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