Rethinking care work crucial for a gender inclusive recovery

  • Women continue to be disproportionately affected by the pandemic.
  • They are more vulnerable to the negative socioeconomic impacts.
  • For an inclusive recovery we need to invest in women and rethink care work.

A year and a half since the start of the pandemic and women continue to be disproportionately impacted due to an inadequate gender responsive recovery from the health and socioeconomic crises.

In the labour market, more women than men were unemployed due to the pandemic. While men’s employment in 2021 is expected to recover to 2019 levels, women’s employment recovery is likely to fall short by 0.9% compared to 2019 levels. Additionally, only 43.2% of global working age women will be employed in 2021, compared to 68.6% of working age men. Put simply, more women are exiting the workforce.

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