Crowdwork: A Future Facing Flexible Income Pathway, or a Road to Continued Inequity?

Zoom Webinar

DATE: Wednesday, 25 November 2020
TIME:  6:00 pm (Brisbane)
WHERE: Online

McKinsey Global Institute (2019) writes “In the automation age, women face new challenges overlaid on long-established ones. Technology adoption could displace millions from their jobs; many others will need to change the way they work. Globally, 40 to 160 million women may need to transition between occupations by 2030, often into higher-skilled roles. If they make these transitions, women could find more productive, better paid work; if they don’t, they could face a growing wage gap or leaving the labour market.”

There is a global need to reskill, and women who have missed out on training and/or work to date should not continue to miss out on future facing opportunities. This webinar will explore if digital labour platforms and crowdwork present a viable, decent work pathway for women in UN Women’s Second Chance Education and Vocational Learning (SCE) pilot, while also seeking to understand the challenges and pitfalls of such platforms.


 Uma Rani, Senior Economist, ILO – Digital labour platforms – defining the nature of microtask and crowdwork, the skills required, opportunities, risks, rights and policy recommendations

Gianaluca Demartini and Neha Gupta, University academics – research into microtask platforms and the experience of women with limited technology, connectivity and digital literacy

Henry Katam, Microtask/freelance trainer – Curriculum design for training crowdworkers, the nature of work, the work environment, career progression opportunities

From the field: Women’s experience training for and working on microtask and freelance platforms.

Daizy Maan, Founder, Australian Digital Job Accelerator

Moderated by Sonali Hedditch, Second Chance Education Programme, UN Women