Monday, June 22, 2020

Designing social protection programs that empower women

COVID-19 has thrown the world into crisis. Increasingly, it is evident that women and girls are bearing the brunt of the burden.

Women are disproportionately affected by the contraction in employment resulting from the pandemic. They are more likely to be engaged in vulnerable forms of work (like subsistence self-employment and domestic work), and they are overrepresented in sectors with some of the largest economic disruptions, like hospitality and retail. Their care responsibilities have increased disproportionately compared to men, due to gender norms related to caring for sick family members and out-of-school children. School closures are putting girls at risk of unequal access to distance learning, permanent school drop-out, child marriage, and sexual... Read More