Impact of Pandemic on Women Employability in the Indian Hospitality and Tourism Sector
The hospitality industry today is a key employer for women choosing to work in the service sector. It is undeniable that women have excelled in the hospitality sector not only in India but all over the world. Covid 19 pandemic has adversely impacted the overall economy across sectors and numerous people have lost their jobs, especially women.
A recent study in Delhi found that in the initial eight months, the unemployment rate in the national capital region alone increased by 17%, with about 83% of women respondents in this study stating that were in no position to join the workforce. CMIE (Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy) data also stated that while women accounted for only about 10.7% of the total workforce in 2019-20, they formed about 13.9% of the job losses India witnessed in April 2020. What’s worse is the fact that by the time recovery set in, the men have got a disproportionate share, leaving the women struggling to find opportunities.
The focus of this roundtable is to document and analyze the impact of Covid-19 on women employability in the Indian hospitality sector.
ABOUT THE ROUND TABLE
The research looks at the impact of Pandemic on women working in entry and mid-level segment roles and efforts by the hospitality industry to respond to unique challenges to facilitate them to return to work. The discussions in the roundtable would be focused on the following sub-themes:
Understand the comparison between men and women with respect to losing hospitality jobs due to COVID-19 and subsequently being able to find opportunities to rejoin the workforce?
Is there any effort by the hospitality industry to respond to unique challenges like pandemic-induced reduction in child care options (or other similar challenges) and its impact on women’s ability to return to work by facilitating them in any way?
What kind of support, solutions, or options are women looking for as enablers for them to consider pursuing hospitality jobs/positions?
PARTNERSHIP WITH INDUSTRY
This is a joint research effort with WICCI (Women’s Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry) joining forces with Vedatya. The findings from this research effort are expected to inform all key stakeholders about the current employment situation for women and also offer recommendations based on the outcomes of the project. The research data will be analyzed, documented, and published for wider dissemination.
RESEARCH & ACADEMIC VALUE
The findings that emerge from the ‘Roundtable discussion’ will allow our faculty to pursue extensive research that can be published and shared with a larger group of stakeholders including the students and industry professionals.
10:15 am‐12:00p.m. Discussion
12:00pm‐12:30p.m. Concluding the session and Vote of thanks
Ms. Ritu Chawla Mathur
Managing Partner – Prognosis Global Consulting
In a career spanning 25 years, with almost two decades in the field of hard-core Hotel Operations; today, she is the Managing Partner of Prognosis Global Consulting, a full-service Consulting, Asset Management, and Advisory Services Company focused on Hospitality, Leisure, and Food Services industry in the South Asia Region. She is one of the few
senior women partners in India’s Hospitality Consulting landscape, and one with an ideal blend of hotel operations proficiency and high-yielding hospitality consulting expertise. With a diverse range of practical hospitality experience in Hotel Operations, Ritu has made steady contributions in various capacities, in hotels like IHCL – Taj & Marriott
International. Her last hotel operation’s role was as a pre-opening GM for Marriott International in Pune. In her more recent contribution, she is the National Vice-President for WICCI (Women’s Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry) – Hospitality & Tourism where she is involved in enhancing the presence and role of women in the Indian Hospitality & Tourism landscape, with the aim of giving back to her industry and society at large.