The project aims to explore the opportunities and challenges faced by women in accessing work on digital labour platforms in select developing countries (Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and India) where these platforms are gaining prominence as a strategy for economic development and providing income opportunities.
Research undertaken over the past years shows that while labour platforms provide work and income opportunities, they also pose challenges associated with low and unstable pay, irregularity of work, difficulties in access to work, discrimination, and poor access to social protection. Such challenges have the potential to be magnified for women in developing countries, who already face several socio-economic gaps in the world of work.
“Understanding and improving women’s work on digital labour platforms” is a research project that builds on ILO’s previous research activities on the digital economy, in particular with regard to the transformation of the world of work through digital labour platforms. The project aims to explore the experiences of women in developing countries engaged on digital labour platforms across multiple sectors using primary field-based surveys. The sectoral studies will focus on online freelance and microtask work, and location-based platforms, such as domestic workers, personal services, health care workers, medical consultation, e-commerce, taxi and delivery, some of which are female-dominated. The project aims to produce a country report for Uganda. The data collected, analysis of data and the report based on the fieldwork will be used in the country report.