High- Level Event on Economic Justice and Rights: 25 Years After Beijing
Women and girls are being hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the economic sector, women are often in lower-paid jobs, more often in the informal sector and have less access to social protection systems. Women constitute a majority of workers in the health and social sectors. Women carry out 3 times the amount of unpaid care work and school and care facilities closure, among other consequences of COVID-19 has increased this unbalanced distribution. This discussion will thus focus on the care economy and the care work that women provide in professional capacity, as well as the recognition of unpaid care and domestic work. COVID-19 has heightened the demand for care work, in turn highlighting the importance of care in the sustainability of life in spite of the sector’s low visibility. Initiating economic and social reforms for Gender Equality to design and implement measures to recognize, reduce and redistribute unpaid care and domestic work and to ensure and promote legislative recognition and active public policies – including fiscal measures and social protection – must be part of the global response.