Gender inequality and the COVID-19 crisis

According to the United Nations Human Development Working Paper on ‘Gender inequality and the COVID-19 crisis: A Human Development perspective’, women are disproportionately affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic. The paper explains how ‘women make up more than 85% of nursing personnel and women make up almost half of doctors for all countries except those with low human development.’

It also explains how the reallocation of medical resources and priority from reproductive and sexual health may lead to an increase in more women dying from pregnancies and STDs.

Women are also far more likely to be employed in ‘informal employment’, with 740 million women worldwide working in this way. This means that women are less likely to have protection from closures, dismissals and will lack basic working rights like sick leave.

To read the full report, follow this link: http://hdr.undp.org/sites/default/files/covid-19_and_human_development_-_gender_dashboards_final.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2XdQBSVLse8yUZDuAejwTyDC8b6xEhxPT0o2_T2ZmZ2xFvRT2wvHR-hyI

Through the Learn Abroad to do Better at home for Gender Equality project Asfar is hoping to contribute to gender equality and the women’s empowerment agenda in Europe. This project is funded by Erasmus+ and more information about the project are available here: https://www.asfar.org.uk/erasmus-lab4ge/

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