GCWL undertook a research in urban India among the women in the organised sector to explore the complex network of individual, social, and workplace factors that force women to leave the workforce post pregnancy and childbirth. The research focused on mining insights on enablers and challenges faced by women at high risk of dropping out due to pregnancy and child care. The findings were presented in the report, “Predicament of Returning Mothers,” launched April 25, 2018.

The insights in the study were arrived at through an investigation of the complex network of individual, family, social, and workplace factors that force women to leave the workforce post pregnancy and childbirth. The study also assessed initiatives taken both by the government and corporates at several levels from mentorship to maternity management programmes. The study offered a comprehensive overview of the challenges by including perspectives from employers from across three sectors.

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