The pandemic had profoundly impacted the employability and employment of young women. Unemployment rates among women had been higher than men and more so in urban areas. With slow job recovery and increased inequalities within the labour market, the need for appropriate policy interventions is essential to ensure young women's safe transition to the world of work, especially in the 2020s.
C3-Sakshamaa and Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS), Ranchi, in the second webinar in the Series, 'COVID19 and Economic Opportunities for Women in Eastern India' discussed issues and assessed how existing policies like urban employment guarantee scheme, increased provisions under MGNREGA, more support for girl students by the state and central governments, investments in women’s skills and solidarity networks (like SHGs), funding to support full day-care centers, enabling young women’s connection to digital means etc. could facilitate their safer and smoother transition to work.