India: 30,000 Women Join Diamond Trade Since April 2021
The flow of women workers into the diamond trade in India increased in recent months as 30,000 have joined the diamond trade in Surat and Saurashtra since April , IDEX Online reports.
The influx of female workers is attributed to the second wave of Covid-19 as more women “want to ensure financial stability at their homes.” The share of women in Surat’s diamond trade has gone up 4% in the last five years. The diamond trade in Surat and Saurashtra employs about 1,000,000 men and women.
More women are expected to join once the Surat Diamond Bourse becomes operational in 2022. Surat’s “long-delayed” diamond bourse was supposed to open in January 2020. The opening was then delayed to September 2021. Now, according to a report, the $355 million bourse will open in 2022.