The COVID-19 pandemic has uniquely impacted the economic livelihoods of women around the world. More women are unemployed today than at any time since the pandemic began.
Why? One reason is that women are more likely to work in a sector disrupted by pandemic-related disruptions and lockdowns.
Informal workers, many of whom are women, have also been some of the hardest hit. And they are likely to be excluded from income support schemes set up in response to the pandemic.
As we look to build a more resilient and inclusive post-pandemic future, we must also acknowledge—and address—the unique burdens women face.
While women may be on the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19 , they’ve been excluded from the critical decision-making roles that are directing how countries respond to the pandemic.
Here is what we can achieve if the right policies are in place.