The pandemic is a work-from-home game changer for India’s women in tech sector
Obliged to stay at home or move for their husband’s career before, the shift to work-from-anywhere could change Indian women’s lot forever
Bengaluru — The coronavirus pandemic has hit women worldwide with job losses and closures of childcare centres. Yet a surprising bright spot is emerging: India’s $200bn tech services industry, where new rules are expected to provide female workers with a broad swathe of flexible work arrangements and fresh employment opportunities.
On the outskirts of New Delhi, Teena Likhari quit her job running operations for the Indian back office of a Silicon Valley company in 2018 because of a family medical emergency. Looking to rejoin this year, she expected a market stunted by lockdowns. Instead, the pandemic had made work-from-home mainstream in her industry, which had long shunned the practice...