A United Nations policy brief just published outlines the unique vulnerability of women across the globe to this COVID-19 pandemic.
UN Policy Brief – Summary of Findings
- The pandemic is deepening pre-existing inequalities, exposing vulnerabilities in social, political and economic systems which are in turn amplifying the impacts of the pandemic.
- Compounded economic impacts are felt especially by women and girls who are generally earning less, saving less, and holding insecure jobs or living close to poverty.
- Unpaid care work has increased, with children out-of-school, heightened care needs of older persons, and overwhelmed health services.
- As the COVID-19 pandemic deepens economic and social stress coupled with restricted movement and social isolation measures, gender-based violence is increasing exponentially.