International Symposium
on Women’s Labour Market Participation and Gender Norms:
The Cases of India and Bangladesh Held

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Center for Gender and Social Transformation (CGST), BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University, in collaboration with British Academy and Manchester University organized an International Symposium on Women’s Labour Market Participation and Gender Norms: the Cases of India and Bangladesh on 30 August 2017at a city hotel in Dhaka.

The Symposium presented findings of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded research project on ‘Gender norms, labour supply and poverty reduction in comparative context: evidence from rural Bangladesh and India’. The research examined how poverty programmes have affected peoples' lives in rural Bangladesh and India, focusing on women, work and attitudes to women’s work. The study was a collaboration between the University of Manchester, UK, Jawaharlal Nehru University Delhi, India and BRAC Institute of Governance and Development of BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The symposium consisted of three sessions titled Women’s Labour Market Participation Trends: Research Findings, Methodological Innovations for Assessing Labour Force Participation and Labour Market Participation and Changing Gender Norms. BIGD’s Executive Director Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman; Dr. Selim Raihan, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka and Executive Director, SANEM and Dr. A T M Nurul Amin, Chair, Department of Economics and Social Sciences, BRAC University chaired the sessions respectively.

Among others the programme was attended by Dr. Wendy Olsen, Professor of Socio-Economics, Department of Social Statistics, University of Manchester; Ms. Simeen Mahmud, Head, Gender Cluster, BIGD, Mr. Amaresh Dubey, Jawaharlal Nehru University; Mr. Anup Mishra, Banaras Hindu University; Mr. Santosh Kumar Singh Jawaharlal Nehru University; Ms. Sayema Huq Bidisha, Dhaka University; Ms. Maheen Sultan, Dr. Sohela Nazneen, Adjunct Fellow, BIGD; Ms. Lopita Huq, Research Fellow; Ms. Sahida Khondaker, Research Associate; BIGD.