Women's participation in urban labour markets has been shown to be more constrained and less profitable than men's (Harriss-White 2010; Wallman 1996). This panel explores the ways in which women have responded to the vagaries of urban life by engaging in new patterns of work and welfare.
Women's participation in urban labour markets has been shown to be more constrained and less profitable than men's due to the endurance of gendered divisions of domestic labour, and norms that place less value on paid women's work (Harriss-White 2010; Wallman 1996). Gendered differences in the experience of work have arguably been magnified in recent years by increasing rates of family breakdown and the rising cost of education and healthcare in many cities in the global south (Locke et al. 2013; Tripp 2012). Nevertheless, women continue to enter the urban informal sector in ever-greater numbers. This panel investigates the evolving role of work and welfare in the lives of women in rapidly changing urban contexts. In particular, it explores the changing composition and function of voluntary associations - such as social groups, savings rounds and burial societies - in responding to the vagaries of urban life. We welcome contributions from across the disciplines that speak to debates on gendered experiences of work and welfare in cities of the global south.