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Gender-sensitive private sector response to COVID-19 for accelerated and inclusive economic recovery

UN Women

2020

Asia Pacific

Briefing Note

Women's economic empowerment Workplace Gender Equality covid-19 gender-sensitive response guidance note

Gender-sensitive private sector response to COVID-19 for accelerated and inclusive economic recovery

Gender-sensitive private sector response to COVID-19 for accelerated and inclusive economic recovery

As governments implement measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, companies worldwide have been challenged in ensuring the safety and security of their employees whilst maintaining business continuity in the face of an economic fallout. The private sector must protect the rights of all its employees and workers, and women are disproportionately affected. Companies can support women across their entire value chains and become leaders in providing a gender-inclusive COVID-19 response and recovery. This guidance note can be used by the private sector as a reference for creating gender-sensitive responses to COVID-19.

 

Highlights

  • Major economic institutions are warning that the COVID-19 outbreak could lead to a global recession.
  • Existing gendered economic inequalities in the Asia-Pacific region leave women particularly vulnerable to the potential effects of such a recession.
  • Major economies in the region, including China, India, Indonesia, Thailand and Viet Nam, are all experiencing declines in female labour force participation rates,4 and the number of women in leadership positions in business has decreased in several Asia-Pacific countries in the past 30 years.
  • If COVID-19 response and recovery plans do not integrate a gender lens, these regressions may be exacerbated and lead to losses not only for businesses but also for economies across the region.

 

Contents

  • BACKGROUND
  • COVID-19 IMPACTS ON WOMEN IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR
  • KEY EMERGING ISSUES FOR WOMEN
  • KEY RECOMMENDATIONS
  • FOR THE PRIVATE SECTOR
  • FOR GOVERNMENTS
  • FOR DONORS
  • FOR CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS AND UNIONS

 

This document was originally published on the UN Women website.

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