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Gig Economy Research

Platforms of precarity: Women's economic rights and the gig economy


Despite promises of greater economic empowerment and flexibility, the benefits of location-based gig work are proven limited for the vast majority of women.

  • Published¬†5th June 2023
  • Author(s)¬†Rachel Noble and Natalia Rodriguez-Malagon, ActionAid UK

Executive summary

This report covers seven countries (Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, Brazil, Guatemala, Bangladesh and Vietnam) across three global regions, highlighting how the rapid expansion of location-based gig work in ride-hailing and delivery, care and domestic work, and beauty services, is driving further precarity and poor working conditions for women, whilst the intersectional digital divide means many remain completely excluded from any potential benefits the gig economy may offer.