Taking Control of One’s Story

Claudia Goldin’s pioneering work in the field of labour economics has shed invaluable light on the complex dynamics of women reentering the workforce. Her research, which won the Nobel Prize this year, has highlighted the multifaceted factors that impact women’s decisions to return to work after taking breaks for caregiving or other reasons and the subsequent consequences for their career trajectories and earnings.


Goldin's insights have contributed significantly to our understanding of gender disparities in the labour market and the development of policies and strategies to promote women's successful reintegration into the workforce.

Our work in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Ecosystem focuses on giving women career guidance through alumni and role model interactions. At least 50% of women learners are looking to enter the workforce after a gap due to caregiving or dropping out of an educational institution.

Meet Manju, a mother of three children who separated from her husband after a troubled marriage. She moved into her mother's house along with her three children, the youngest being a year old, soon after her separation but did not have a means of income to sustain her family.

Her mother, who had been a housewife, too, was unsure of how to support her.

Unsure of how to reenter the job market with a career gap of over 10 years, Manju found the career readiness program at the Centre for Development & Empowerment of Women Society in Wayanad. She worked hard to upskill herself and is now employed as a pharmacist at a hospital.

Sindhu shares she had no confidence to reenter the workforce, and interacting with people over a decade younger than her helped her stay up-to-date with new technologies and explore new career paths.

At CDEW, she practised speaking in front of a crowd and also took an active part in activities that would improve skills that would make her employable, such as communication, customer and retail interaction, etc.


Soon after completing the course, Manju began working at the pharmacy. “We have seen her improve from a shy woman to someone who interacts with customers and doctors with confidence,” shares her employer.

Sindhu says she is now able to dream of a future where she, her children, and her mother can live comfortably. “I hope I am able to be a good role model for my daughter who can dream of a life with no limits,” she adds.


Alumni, Centre for Development & Empowerment of Women

“Until I interacted with the trainers and explored my own skills, I was unsure of how I would raise my children on my own.”