A recent article in the Guardian highlighted that gender equality could be set back decades by the crisis. Across the globe, women earn less, save less, hold less secure jobs, are more likely to be employed in the informal sector and hardest-hit sectors such as hospitality.
As homeworking became a necessity at the beginning of the pandemic it was hoped that childcare and chores would be divided equally within couples. But numerous studies of working parents lives’ during COVID-19 has shown that a disproportionate share of the burden is still falling on women.
A recent United Nations study even warned that the pandemic could dilute decades of advancement on gender equality.
The full effects of the pandemic will be played out over the next 12 months as society reopens. One hope on the horizon for working women could be the acceptance of more flexible working patterns, everyone’s lives and responsibilities are different so instead of blanket rules applying to everyone, should we ask the question how can this individual work in the most effective way?
What has your experience been working through the pandemic?
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