National Institute for Working Life
The National Institute for Working Life was closed down on 1 July 2007
National Institute for Working Life (NIWL), Stockholm:
South Asia related research at the Institute
The Swedish National Institute for Working Life (NIWL)
established cooperation with the Indian institute Society
for Working Life, based in New Delhi. The collaboration was launched
during the second International Congress on Women, Work and Health in
Rio de Janeiro 1999. Then the Swedish delegation offered to arrange the
coming conference in Stockholm in June 2002, and India announced that
it would host the 2005 conference. As it turned out the Indian group
became heavily involved already in the planning for the Stockholm conference
(consisting of 850 participants from 74 countries), and the Swedish
group equally contributed to plan for the New Delhi conference in November
2005, see below.
Associate Professor Hanna Westberg was a leading force behind NIWL's involvement in WWH in Stockholm in 2002, and also participated in the planning for the 2005 conference in India.
In 2004, the
Bildt (photo to the left) received SEK 75 000 as a Swedish
Research Links grant from Sida and the Swedish Research
Council for a project on ”Indian women
at work –
women’s condition at the labour market and in the workplaces”,
a project she will carry out in collaboration with researchers at the
Indian Society for Working Life. The project consists of three concrete
field studies on vulnerable women: Women moving from the countryside
to the capital; Elderly Women; and Women without education.
Carina Bildt has previously visited India along with her colleagues Hanna Westberg and Lena Karlqvist, representing the Institute for Working Life at the ”Safety Health & Environment: Challenges and Opportunities for Women” conference held in India as a preparatory conference before the International Women Work & Health congress held in November 2005 (see below).
She now works for the International Programme Office for Education and Training (Internationella Programkontoret) in Visby.
The Fourth International Congress on Women,
Work & Health (WWH)
was arranged in New Delhi, India, 27–30 November 2005.
The conference was organised by the Indian Society For Working Life
in collaboration with the Swedish National Institute for Working
Life (Arbetslivsinstitutet). Previous WWH conferences have been held
in Barcelona 1996, Rio de Janeiro 1999 and in Stockholm 2002. Keynote
speakers representing both academia and practitioners initiated debate
and open-ended, thought provoking discussions on the issues which
formed the main themes of the Congress, and for the first time short
films/video sessions were initiated.
Associate Professor Sunita Kaistha, Jesus & Mary College, New Delhi, was
secretary-general of the Women Work & Health congress, to which came more
than 700 delegates from 61 countries. More
information on the congress.
NIWL’s Press Officer Judit Hadnagy accompanied the Swedish delegation to New Delhi and published several reports on the web site of NIWL, including a text about plans for a joint Indo-Swedish research project called ”Working environment of Indian ironers”, about the women standing in the street corners of New Delhi ironing clothes, with heavy irons, weighing over seven kilo and heated over a coal fire.