Special Issue: Gender (in)equalities in South Asia

Guest editors: Pavithra Kailasapathy, Arosha Adikaram and Glenda Strachan

From South Asian Journal of Human Resources Management

Gender (in)equalities in workplaces have emerged as a key concern in the contemporary world of work with concepts and practices such as diversity management, equal treatment, equal opportunity, human rights and human dignity having gained immense popularity and advocacy. Gender (in)equality has become a main item in the HRM agenda (Dickens, 1998) with HRM professionals, policy makers, and educators being very attentive and mindful to the diverse and complex issues related to gender (in)equality in organisations. While areas and issues of gender (in)equality have been in discussion to a great extent in the West, there is a critical need to bring this pressing subject to the forefront and provide space for broader discussion in the South Asian context (which is defined by SAJHRM as comprising of eight countries, namely, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Afghanistan). The aim of this special issue is to provide a platform for research examining gender (in)equalities in South Asia. Researchers and scholars can identify and examine common issues in South Asia as well as highlight country or society specific gender issues.

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Glenda Strachan,  Arosha Adikaram, and Pavithra Kailasapathy
Gender (In)Equality in South Asia: Problems, Prospects and Pathways
South Asian Journal of Human Resources Management June 2015 2: 1-11, doi:10.1177/2322093715580222


This paper is the guest editorial for this Special Issue on Gender (In)equality in South Asia of the South Asian Journal of Human Resources Management. This paper offers a perspective on the gender (in)equality issues as well as prospects in South Asia. The paper examines equalities and inequalities in national and regional labour markets, national legislative frameworks and within companies and organisations and recognises that women themselves are a heterogeneous group. Further, we introduce the papers included in this special issue representing India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. equal opportunity,


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