Welcome to the first issue of GenderTalk from the NCAER-NDIC’s Gender Data Hub. This measurement brief is part of the recently launched Gender Data Hub (GDH) led by Dr. Pallavi Choudhuri and Dr. Sonalde Desai. The GDH is a part of the National Data Innovation Centre at the National Council of Applied Economic Research.

GenderTalk, is a space where scholars, policymakers, and civil society members can engage with each other on a theme vital to women’s well-being in India. Our first issue discusses about the challenge of women’s safety in public spaces. We bring you articles by researchers that highlights some of these challenges, followed by a conversation with a practitioner who is working towards providing solutions.

In this edition, we bring you the following:

How Reliable are the Statistics on Sexual Harassment by Dr. Pallavi Choudhuri, NCAER
Administrative data do not capture all incidents of crime, even for routine crimes. Dr. Choudhuri writes that such a gap in reportage becomes evident when one compares such data with complaints received or survey data on risk perception/experience of crime.


Perceived Risk of Street Harassment and College Choice of Women in Delhi by Dr. Girija Borker, World Bank
In this article, Dr. Borker shows that women choose to attend lower-quality colleges to avoid unsafe travel routes, which may eventually affect their future earnings capacity.


Gendered Violence and Gender disparity at Work by Dr. Tanika Chakraborty, Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kolkata
Using IHDS data, Dr. Chakaraborty shows that women are less likely to work outside of their homes in regions where households have a higher perceived threat of sexual harassment. The effect is stronger for women in households that are more conservative.


Conversation with Ms. Kalpana Viswanath, CEO of Safetipin
Underreporting of violence faced by women translates into measurement errors in administrative data on crime. Ms. Kalpana Vishwanath joins us to talk about some of the interventions that Safetpin has developed to address this gap.

here to read the articles from the measurement brief


READS…from around the web

Borker, G. (2021). Safety First: Perceived Risk of Street Harassment and Educational Choices of Women. World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 9731.

Chakraborty, T., Mukherjee, A., Rachapalli, S. R., & Saha, S. (2018). Stigma of sexual violence and women’s decision to work. World Development, 103, 226-238.

Deshpande, A. (2022). What perpetuates the rise in violence against women. Opinion – Hindustan Times.

Durani A., Kumar R., Sane R., Sinha N., (2017).Safety Trends and Reporting of Crime (SATARC). IDFC Institute Report.

ICRW (2016). Safe cities free from violence against women and girls.

Rukmini S. (2021). Whole Numbers and Half Truths: What Data Can and Cannot Tell Us About Modern India.

Siddique, Z. (2022). Media-Reported Violence and Female Labor Supply. Economic Development and Cultural Change, 70(4).

India COVID-19 Poverty Monitor Report

This report documents the all-round impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on various population categories across India. It has been compiled using a combination of original qualitative data collected from some of the people affected by the pandemic in India, along with interviews with local leaders and community development actors, and secondary data from a range of different sources. Being an attempt to particularly assess the consequences of the pandemic for the vulnerable populations and the risks of impoverishment faced by them, the report focuses on occupational shifts during the pandemic, levels of distress and hardship experienced by the households, COVID and non-COVID health burdens, limited learning activities because of school closure and lack of access to remote modes of education, financial constraints in supporting children’s education digitally, and psychological issues of social isolation perpetrated by the pandemic. In addition to the policy preparedness and government containment measures, the report also covers government relief efforts during the pandemic and evaluates the reach and coverage of these efforts.