Covid hits women hard in informal sector

Govt’s social security programmes need to be expanded

Published : 03 Dec 2021 09:31 PM | Updated : 03 Dec 2021 10:21 PM

The coronavirus pandemic has grappled the world with its vicious jaws in every aspect of life. More than 50 million people involved in the country’s informal sector have borne the brunt of the Covid-19 pandemic. Women and adolescent girls engaged in this sector are the worst sufferers. Participation in the labour market through effective skills training should be a high priority to assist them in recovering the situation. 

The informal sector has been the worst affected in terms of the country’s labour market. The situation has its direct impact on the people involved in the sector, risking the livelihood of 52 million (5 crore 20 lakh) people. Women are the worst sufferer as nearly 91.8 percent of the total women labour force are engaged in the informal economy.

The government needs to make sure 

that women in informal sectors get 

economically motivated

Government needs to make sure that women in informal sectors get economically motivated. The government should encourage entrepreneurship and provide numerous types of training to the women entrepreneurs across the country. There is a significant gap between urban and rural women when it comes to opportunities in the e-commerce sector due to their internet access and networks, including lack of knowledge, customers, suppliers etc. Amid the pandemic, use of digital services can work wonders for women in informal sector. Therefore, along with the ICT division, providing good internet network, various kinds of training on e-commerce should be imparted to women in informal sector.

In this modern-day and age our country’s women are playing a vital role to gain sustainable economic development through e-commerce. In our country, over 18 million (1.8 crore) women are employed in the labour market. We must also think about what problems these women may face in case the Omicron variant of coronavirus spreads in Bangladesh. We have to be adequately prepared to tackle the situation.