Work in Dignity Fellowship Programme

The Work in Diginity Fellowship (WDF) was launched in August 2023 to support independent activists working on securing labour rights for informal workers in geographies where such work has been limited thus far. A total of 15 committed labour rights practitioners were selected and onboarded in the month of July. The cohort encompasses rich diversity in terms of the locations and worker groups being covered. Geographically, the fellowship spans 9 states – Punjab, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Bihar. Collectively, the fellows are reaching thousands of workers engaged in industrial work (cycle, brassware, steel), sanitation work, textile and carpet industry, construction, tea plantation work, domestic and home-based work. This programme lays a special emphasis on activating legal aid, collectivisation, and interventions around occupational safety and social protection.