Balancing unpaid care work and paid work: Case studies

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1191 26 401013/P 401013 3 Depleted 0 1 1 0
1192 30 401034/P 401034 3 Towards a double boon 0 1 1 0
1194 24 401041/P 401041 2 Coping 0 1 0 0
1196 28 401012/NP 401012 2 Towards a double boon 0 1 0 0
1197 19 401022/NP 401022 1 Depleted 0 1 1 0
1199 32 402003/P 402003 3 Coping 2 1 1 0
1200 19 402008/P 402008 1 Towards a double boon 0 1 1 0
1201 22 402014/NP 402014 2 Depleted 0 1 1 0
1202 30 402019/P 402019 2 Towards a double boon 0 1 0 1
1203 38 402027/P 402027 4 Coping 1 1 0 0
1205 34 402044/NP 402044 5 Coping 0 1 1 1
1206 22 402047/NP 402047 2 Coping 0 1 1 0
1207 37 403008NP 403008 3 Depleted 0 1 1 0
1209 36 403015P 403015 3 Depleted 0 1 0 0
1211 22 403034P 403034 2 Coping 3 1 0 0
1212 21 404045NP 404045 3 Coping 0 1 0 0
1213 31 403042NP 403042 5 Coping 0 1 0 0
1215 35 404003P 404003 6 Depleted 0 1 0 0
1216 35 404010P 404010 4 Coping 1 1 0 1
1217 30 404014P 404014 4 Depleted 0 1 0 0
1218 47 404023P 404023 5 Depleted 5 1 0 1
1219 33 404048NP 404048 6 Towards a double boon 0 1 0 0
1220 22 404050NP 404050 1 Towards a double boon 1 1 0 0
1222 32 301016/NP 301016 6 Coping 1 1 0 0
1223 35 301019/NP 301019 6 Towards a double boon 0 1 1 1
1224 30 301030/P 301030 4 Depleted 0 1 1 0
1226 24 301034/NP 301034 3 Depleted 0 1 1 0
1227 35 301040/P 301040 6 Depleted 0 1 0 0
1228 38 301044/P 301044 6 Coping 0 1 1 0
1230 25 302006/P 302006 3 Coping 0 1 0 0
1231 22 302009/P 302009 1 Coping 0 1 1 0
1235 25 302033/NP 302033 2 Coping 0 1 1 0
1240 32 303012/P 303012 1 Coping 2 1 0 0
1241 32 303017/NP 303017 4 Coping 0 1 0 0
1244 39 303047/P 303047 4 Towards a double boon 2 1 0 0

Our project has generated large dataset of Case studies, offering rich, authentic and anonymised summaries of the lives of women across the programme.

Explore their stories and the balances and tensions they face between paid work that empowers them, and the support for their unpaid care work responsibilities. Read more about the case studies

Displaying 1 - 35 of 35

Gita BK (26)

401013/P
401013
Gita struggles to care for a congenitally ill child with a migrant husband
3
Depleted
Nepal
401034/P
401034
What needs to change: suggestions from Sharmila, seed-selling mother of three
3
Towards a double boon
Nepal
401041/P
401041
A migrant husband leaves Mankumari juggling care with cooperative work
2
Coping
Nepal
401012/NP
401012
Access to skilled paid work and support from parents is essential to single mother Urmila
2
Towards a double boon
Nepal

Jamuna BK (19)

401022/NP
401022
Jamuna feels overwhelmed with paid and unpaid work responsibilities
1
Depleted
Nepal
402003/P
402003
Rukmini balances childcare and paid work since her husband migrated to Malaysia
3
Coping
Nepal
402008/P
402008
Sunita juggles a new baby with work and care responsibilities – while her husband goes to college
1
Towards a double boon
Nepal

Bhuma BK (22)

402014/NP
402014
Her husband’s out-migration limits Bhuma’s paid work options
2
Depleted
Nepal
402019/P
402019
Sarita’s husband encourages her to earn – but offers little help with the domestic chores
2
Towards a double boon
Nepal
402027/P
402027
Decent paid work would help Jayanti balance the demands on her time
4
Coping
Nepal

Manju BK (34)

402044/NP
402044
Manju delegates care work to her teenage daughter
5
Coping
Nepal

Durga BK (22)

402047/NP
402047
Durga struggles to earn and care for her two small children
2
Coping
Nepal

Kusum BK (37)

403008NP
403008
Kusum ‘stretches time’ to manage care for three small children and back-breaking labour
3
Depleted
Nepal
403015P
403015
Parents’ ill health puts children’s education at risk
3
Depleted
Nepal

Januka BK (22)

403034P
403034
Acute poverty forces 21-year-old Januka into multiple jobs, damaging her health
2
Coping
Nepal

Rupa BK (21)

404045NP
404045
Gender norms means Rupa’s husband will go hungry rather than cook for himself
3
Coping
Nepal
403042NP
403042
A couple struggle together to recover from the loss of their business
5
Coping
Nepal
404003P
404003
Menuka does back-breaking labour – carrying her infant son on her back
6
Depleted
Nepal
404010P
404010
Struggling to do it all as the head of household and primary carer
4
Coping
Nepal
404014P
404014
Long hours of poorly paid work force Radhika to push care work onto her daughters
4
Depleted
Nepal

Gauri BK (47)

404023P
404023
Gender norms affecting Gauri’s capacity to care and to earn
5
Depleted
Nepal
404048NP
404048
Caste norms restrict Sumitra’s earning options and prevent her daughters from helping her with household work
6
Towards a double boon
Nepal
404050NP
404050
Pushpa’s Herculean effort: balancing care work, paid work and studies
1
Towards a double boon
Nepal
301016/NP
301016
Poverty, alcoholism and absence of public services exacerbates the double burden that Sarita and her children have to bear
6
Coping
India
301019/NP
301019
Gendered division of responsibilities remains unchanged over generations, trapping Indumati and her daughter-in-law in a perpetual imbalance between care and paid work
6
Towards a double boon
India
301030/P
301030
Young boy pulled out of school to help his mother Seema with care tasks in mainly male family
4
Depleted
India

Hema Bai (24)

301034/NP
301034
Pregnant worker on government employment guarantee scheme, Hema Bai, struggles against discrimination and drudgery
3
Depleted
India
301040/P
301040
Husband helps with care tasks, but with lack of essential public services, Divya’s family struggles to survive.
6
Depleted
India
301044/P
301044
Devibai passes on care work burden to her 11 year old daughter when working on government employment scheme
6
Coping
India
302006/P
302006
Gauri prefers to leave children home than be ‘kept in a pit’ at MGNREGA worksites
3
Coping
India
302009/P
302009
Dam construction wrecks havoc on Suneetha’s time
1
Coping
India
302033/NP
302033
Young Tribal woman studies against all odds, yet struggles
2
Coping
India
303012/P
303012
12th grade educated Shashikala faces discrimination at paid work while coping with household tensions
1
Coping
India
303017/NP
303017
Sumita’s young children help their mother roll incense sticks in the absence of decent work opportunities and limited child care options
4
Coping
India
303047/P
303047
Aradhna wishes she could spend more time with her daughters instead of making them help her in care activities
4
Towards a double boon
India