By Sinha, Shalini.
For poor families across India, regular employment and adequate earnings are the critical factors in their ability to survive. And it's not just men who are bringing home the wages. Women make substantial economic contributions to their households, all the while delicately balancing the double burden of income-generating work and unpaid care work.
As of 2011-12, 82% of all urban women workers are in informal employment in India, working in their own homes (as home-based workers); in other people's homes (as domestic workers); and in public spaces (as vendors or construction workers or waste-pickers). Poverty, vulnerability and insecurity mark their existence and their work remains undervalued and unrecognised.