How do we pay back? Women Health Workers and the COVID-19 pandemic in India

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This paper looks at the experiences, vulnerabilities and contributions of women
health workers during Covid 19 pandemic in India. It elaborates upon their
everyday struggles and issues including incidences of violence against them,
poor wages, temporariness of their jobs and other labour rights. The paper
further discusses the transitioning characteristics of women health workers
in the context of corporate globalization in India. The paper offers a critical
reading of health worker’s rights from a feminist perspective and raises the
challenges and opportunities the pandemic provides in rethinking the role
of women health workers in India and women welfare workers in general.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2021

Bibliographical note

The author would like to acknowledge her gratitude to the editors of the special issue for their valuable comments and feedback, Mohd Akif Siddiqui for helping with collecting stories and information on health
workers in India and Jeb Sprague for helping with the editing.

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