Fewer Women Than Men Will Regain Employment During Coronavirus Recovery: UN Agency
Faizan Hashmi 13 days ago Mon 19th July 2021 | 11:43 PM
The inequalities between women and men in the world of work that have been exacerbated during the coronavirus pandemic will persist in the near future, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO).
UNITED NATIONS, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 19th Jul, 2021 ) :The inequalities between women and men in the world of work that have been exacerbated during the coronavirus pandemic will persist in the near future, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO).
A new policy brief finds there will be 13 million fewer women in employment in 2021 compared to 2019, while males' employment will have recovered to 2019 levels. Even though the projected jobs growth in 2021 for women exceeds that of men, it will, nonetheless, be insufficient to bring women back to pre-pandemic employment levels.
The women's rights to work and at work at the core of the COVID-19 recovery, ILO highlighted that between 2019 and 2020, the women's employment declined by 4.2 percent globally, representing 54 million jobs, while men suffered a three percent decline or 60 million jobs.
The ILO paper suggests that women have seen disproportionate job and income losses because they are over-represented in the sectors hit hardest by lockdowns, such as accommodation, food services and manufacturing.
In Chile and Colombia, for example, wage subsidies were applied to new hires, with higher subsidy rates for women. Colombia and Senegal were among those nations which created or strengthened support for women entrepreneurs. In Mexico and Kenya, quotas were established to guarantee that women benefited from public employment programmes.
To address these imbalances, gender-responsive strategies must be at the core of recovery efforts, says the agency.
Moreover, care leave policies and flexible working arrangements can also encourage a more even division of work at home between women and men.
The current gender gap can also be tackled by working towards universal access to comprehensive, adequate and sustainable social protection.
Promoting equal pay for work of equal value is also a potentially decisive and important step.
Domestic violence and work-related gender-based violence and harassment has worsened during the pandemic further undermining women's ability to be in the workforce and the report highlights the need to eliminate the scourge immediately.