NEW DELHI, India, June 27 (IPS) – The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted lives around the world. Follow this report, gender is emerging as an important factor in the social, economic and health impacts of Covid-19. Women are much more severely affected economically and socially than men. The largest and most persistent gender gap is seen in employment and unpaid labor, with 26% of women reported losing their job compared to 20% of men globally in September 2021.
“The world has changed, and these changes are affecting women. Poverty is deepening, reproductive and reproductive health and women’s rights are under attack, climate change is under attack. affects us and changes in technology are disproportionately affecting women.The world is facing Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Chair of the Board of Directors at Women Deliver, and former UN Women General Secretary and Executive Director (UN), said in an exclusive interview with IPS News.
The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has threatens to reverse decades of progress implemented in the direction of gender equality. Dr Mlambo-Ngcuka said, “For the last decade, the world was on the right track including tackling extreme poverty, but now things have changed.
“The pandemic has disproportionately hit women and young women, women are now facing significant food insecurity, and of course we find that conflicts still exist. It’s not over, but they’re escalating. We have a war in Ukraine, and as you can tell in any situation that causes a humanitarian crisis, women are always likely to pay more than men. According to Dr. Mlambo-Ngcuka, women and children tend to be affected more and of course by an increase in gender-based violence in the trafficking of women.
Women have faced the double burden of being over-represented working in health systems, facing increased risk of violence, exploitation, abuse or harassment in times of crisis and quarantine. Women have been at the forefront of the fight against the pandemic when they make up most of it 70% of the healthcare workforceputting them at greater risk of infection, while they are underrepresented in leadership and decision-making in the healthcare sector.
This crisis and its subsequent shutdown response has resulted in a significant increase in the emotional and caring burden on women and their families, Women have been doing most of the unpaid care work in the world before the pandemic broke out, only to have it increase since 2020.
Worldwide, women will lose more than 65 million jobs in 2020 alone, leading to an estimate $800 billion lost income, an estimate that does not even include the lost wages of millions of women working in the informal economy – domestic workers, market sellers and garment workers – who have been sent home or had many hours cut. COVID-19 has dealt with a hit hard on recent achievements for women in the workforce.
“Honestly, my heart goes out to our young people today just because of the difficulties we are facing. I want to challenge older people like me to really open up the space through collaborating and co-creating with younger people, whose involvement and engagement is not a sign, but a reality.
“It’s important that we mobilize allies from the other side so that it’s not always the women who come knocking on the door, but there’s someone inside trying to open the door for you. Working with men and promoting a men’s agenda for gender equality is also important. I go back to stressing the need for policies, we always have to open the door for more people to come and be empowered,” said Dr. Mlambo-Ngcuka.
However, one area where women stand out is where the data supports the fact that countries lead the way Women handle Covid-19 much better than their male counterparts. Countries with female leaders tend to lower Covid-19 mortality rate and better economic efficiency, but the number of countries with women in government positions continues to be low. As of September 1, 2021, only 26 women holding Heads of State or Government positions in 24 countries.
Whether it is balanced political participation, leadership in organizations or the sharing of power between women and men, Dr Mlambo-Gnuka believes the answer lies in posing targets, quotas and policies for women’s participation and effective representation.
“We need mechanisms to hold those responsible for implementing these measures, and we also need women themselves to continue to make demands, we have to balance what happens out in board policy wisely and outside through those who are carrying black cards.
“It’s hard to talk about progress but you can’t deny that there are more female leaders than before, which certainly means more women in the workforce, more girls in schools, but Our best is not enough, there is more. Dr. Mlambo-Ngcuka said.
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