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Guidance for action: Addressing the emerging impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on migrant women in Asia and the Pacific for a gender-responsive recovery

UN Women

2020

Asia Pacific

Briefing Note

Gender equality Women's economic empowerment covid-19 covid-19 response covid-19 recovery migrant women migrant workers gender discrimination

Guidance for action: Addressing the emerging impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on migrant women in Asia and the Pacific for a gender-responsive recovery

Guidance for action: Addressing the emerging impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on migrant women in Asia and the Pacific for a gender-responsive recovery

Women are severely affected during emergencies, and in the COVID-19 crisis, among these are these are migrant workers across Asia and the Pacific with irregular migration status. Collective efforts are necessary to ensure gender-responsive and migrant-inclusive measures in preventing COVID-19 from spreading are practiced.

Prepared by UN Women, this paper discusses the impacts of the pandemic on women migrant workers and provides recommendations on how to support governments, donors, civil society organisations, employers and the private sector in addressing such impacts.

 

Highlights

  • Due to COVID-19, unemployment could rise globally by almost 25 million, with these estimates tremendously affecting women and migrants
  • To promote inclusive economic recovery, there is a need to integrate women migrant workers as rights holders who are essential to the region’s sustainable development.
  • COVID-19 will make migrant women some of the most vulnerable impacted groups as they are discriminated against both as women and as migrants.
  • Due to COVID-19, many women migrant workers are losing their jobs which will have ripple effects for their families in their countries of origin.
  • As a result of COVID-19, globally unemployment could rise by almost 25 million.

 

Contents

  • BACKGROUND
  • KEY EMERGING ISSUES
    • Freedom of movement
    • Termination, expiry and renewal of contracts
    • Social protection and insurance
    • Working and living conditions
    • Occupational health and safety
    • Violence against women
  • KEY RECOMMENDATIONS
    • For governments
    • For development partners
    • For civil society organisations
    • For employers and the private sector

 

This paper was originally published on the UN Women website.

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