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A gender-responsive employment recovery: Building back fairer

A gender-responsive employment recovery: Building back fairer

The COVID-19 crisis is impacting women and men differently, depending on the sector they work in, the fragility of their employment situation, their access to labour and social protection, and their care responsibilities.

This brief shows that this time around, women’s jobs are relatively more at risk than men’s, and in a rapidly deteriorating context, women are losing them at a greater speed than men. For women who remain in employment, their greater care obligations are forcing them to cut down on paid working hours or to extend total working hours (paid and unpaid) to unsustainable levels. It indicates four policy priorities for a gender-responsive recovery: prevent women from losing their jobs; avoid premature fiscal consolidation; invest in care; and focus on gender-responsive employment policies.

 

Key Points

  • The COVID-19 crisis is different from previous economic crises in its depth and extent, as lives are being lost, employment and livelihoods are under threat and economies dramatically shrink. As with previous crises, however, its consequences are not being suffered equally.
  • The COVID-19 crisis is impacting women and men differently, depending on the sector they work in, the fragility of their employment situation, their access to labour and social protection, and their care responsibilities.
  • Employment policies, including macroeconomic, sectoral and labour market policies must put gender equality at the core of the emergency and recovery efforts to avoid long-term damages to women’s job prospects and to build back better and fairer.

 

Contents

  • The COVID-19 crisis has disproportionate impacts on women, exacerbating existing gender inequalities
  • Policy priorities to build back fairer

 

This document was originally published on the ILO website.

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