#1. Fewer women will regain jobs lost to COVID-19 during the pandemic recovery period
When it comes to regaining jobs lost to Covid-19 during the pandemic recovery period, women will not fare as well as men. Research from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) predicts that there will be 13 million fewer women in employment this year compared to 2019, while the number of men in work will likely recover to 2019 levels. In 2021, only 43% of the world’s working-age women will be employed, compared to 69% of men.
Women’s over-representation in sectors hit hardest by lockdowns, such as food services and manufacturing, put them at an early disadvantage. The introduction of mitigation measures in some countries, such as wage subsidies and public employment programmes, helped to protect women’s jobs and support their return to the workforce. However, tackling the gender imbalance needs effective gender-responsive strategies, including gender pay parity, better care leave and flexible working policies, and more investment in the health, social work and education sectors, key generators of jobs for women. Read more on UN News.