Social challenges

The pandemic has not improved things for women

08/03/2021 PNG

We still have a long way to go in ending gender discrimination and inequality, whether in equal work for equal pay, the “second shift” at home, freedom from violence, or greater political representation.

Women are more likely to work in sectors hard-hit by the crisis and are more vulnerable to job loss.

Women are also more likely to be working on the medical front lines, as doctors, nurses and other health carers.

At home, they may be facing even more unpaid care work and may have had to live through confinement with their abuser.

Gender equality must become the reality in a post-COVID world.

Learn more: OECD (2020), Women at the core of the fight against COVID-19 crisis.

Chart: Young people and women hit hard by jobs crisis