Bangladeshi and Pakistani Women in Good Work: Barriers to Entry and Progression

This participatory research project explores the career aspirations of Bangladeshi and Pakistani women in London, the barriers they face in and out of the workplace to pursue and advance in good work, and the policies and practices needed to tackle these.

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Summary & aims

This project aims to support the Greater London Authority (GLA) and the Workforce Integration Network (WIN) to:

  1. Understand the career aspirations of Bangladeshi and Pakistani women in London, the intersectional barriers they face in and out of the workplace to pursue and advance in good work, and the policies and practices needed to tackle these, particularly from the perspectives of Bangladeshi and Pakistani women but also those of employers in WIN’s growth sectors (Green Economy, Creative & Cultural Industries, Digital & Tech, Health & Hospitality).
  2. Build long-term relationships with Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities in London.
  3. Develop policies and practices grounded in lived experience to enhance Pakistani and Bangladeshi women’s access to, and progression in, good work, aligned with the values and objectives underpinning the Mayor of London’s Strategy for Social Integration.

Methodology

This project involves 1) a review of the substantial and extensive academic and grey literature on the barriers and enablers to labour market participation for Pakistani and Bangladeshi women; 2) semi-structured interviews with Bangladeshi and Pakistani women in London to map out their career aspirations and barriers to accessing good work; 3) focus groups with employers, particularly from the sectors interviewees wish to progress; 4) co-design policy workshops with local policymakers and employers.

This project adopts a participatory approach as it involves Bangladeshi and Pakistani women who will work on the project as community researchers (please see here for community researcher vacancies).We have also partnered with Wapping Bangladesh Association, a Bangladeshi-led charity based in Tower Hamlets tackling poverty, deprivation, and isolation.

The project involves a diverse advisory board of Bangladeshi and Pakistani community leaders, distinguished academics, policy makers and practitioners. The advisory board will provide strategic advice, facilitate community outreach, and ensure the robustness of our participatory approach. Among others, the advisory board will include:

  • Professor Katharine Charsley, University of Bristol, UK
  • Associate Professor Francesco Della Puppa, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italy
  • Associate Professor Humera Iqbal, University College London, UK
  • Lara Johnstone, Community Engagement Team, Greater London Authority
  • Heena Khaled, British Future & AVOW, UK
  • Professor Eleonore Kofman, Middlesex University, UK
  • Professor Mohammad Morad, Shahjalal University of Science & Technology, Bangladesh
  • Yamini Cinnamon Nair, Senior Research and Statistical Analyst, City Intelligence, Greater London Authority
  • Dr Alex Patrick, Middlesex University, UK
  • Mr Atikur Rahman, Centre Manager, Wapping Bangladesh Association
  • Associate Professor Jasber Singh, Coventry University, UK

Principal Investigator

Bangladeshi and Pakistani Women in Good Work: Barriers to Entry and Progression
Senior Social Researcher

Co-Investigator

Katharine Stockland
Senior Social Researcher

Researchers

Ekaterina Aleynikova
Senior Social Researcher
Jasmin Rostron
Associate Social Researcher
Sophie Kitson
Assistant Social Researcher
Carol Vincent
Associate Research Director - Education and Skills

Research Partners