On January 24, 2020, a quiet revolution happened in South Africa. In a landmark ruling in the Durban High Court, 72-year old Agnes Sithole scored a legal victory that not only provided her a share of her husband’s estate but may also help to protect an estimated 400,000 black elderly women in South Africa. Facing impoverishment when her marriage ended, Ms.
Hema Swaminathan is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Public Policy, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. Her broad interests are in the areas of poverty and inequality using a gender perspective.
Professor Swaminathan’s recent and ongoing research focuses on wealth and asset distribution between men and women and its implications for welfare outcomes. She is also interested in understanding the links between economic growth and women’s labour supply in India.