Author: Tavleen Kaur, Student at University of Petroleum & Energy Studies, Dehradun
Co-Author: Vinayak Sonkar, Student at University of Petroleum & Energy Studies, Dehradun
The COVID-19 pandemic has slowed the global economy and wreaked havoc on social, religious, and political structures around the world. It is a global epidemic that has serious economic and social consequences for countries as well as migrant workers and their families.
The epidemic has had a huge influence on society’s business and labour classes. According to the International Labour Organization, global blockade measures have affected around 2.2 billion workers (68 percent) of the global labour force. The worker’s class is well known for being the primary contributor to the country’s social and economic progress. However, they confront significant obstacles in receiving social protection, like as health care and financial security, in their countries of origin, transit, and destination, posing a threat to the public health system as a whole. Despite the fact that the pandemic affects all migrant workers, our research focuses on women migrant workers, who face harassment, abuse, and discrimination in addition to the epidemic crisis.
As a result, a comprehensive strategy will be taken to integrate migrant workers in the national social protection response in order to comply with international human rights, international labour standards, and the principles of equal treatment and non-discrimination. This paper aims to illustrate the pandemic’s impact on women migrant workers, with an emphasis on the consequences, such as violence, social protection, and health, as well as the question, How does Social Protection help to Social Inclusion?
The comparative study of existing social policies designed to protect this vulnerable group and reduce current and future displacement, discrimination, and poverty under a changing political system and turbulent economic environment, and whether social protection and labour programmes can be designed and implemented to address the results and drivers of social exclusion.
Keywords: Social Protection, Women’s Labour Rights, Vulnerable Sector, Migrant Workers, Comparative Social Policy.