COVID-19 Could Condemn Women to Decades of Poverty

Implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on women’s and girls’ economic justice and rights

The majority of women around the world work in low-paid positions, the informal economy, or in agriculture jobs with few protections. These are the sectors that are being worst hit by the economic impacts of COVID-19, and as the crisis drags on and worsens across the Global South, millions will be left without work, and in poverty. Furthermore women are less likely to benefit from recovery and stabilization measures, as gender and social norms prohibit access to economic opportunities and financial resources.

This study reveals how the global pandemic is having a real and immediate economic impact on women in the developing world. Here, 45 million women work in the garment industry, and face the loss of their sole income; while nearly 44 million female domestic workers across the world, and the tens of millions of poor rural women reliant on farming, can no longer access fields and livelihoods.

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By Mareen Buschmann & Sarah Fuhrman