UN Women reports that the average woman now spends nearly the equivalent of a full-time job on unpaid childcare – for comparison, that’s one full working day a week more than the average man. It’s also been shown that in many households, if anyone has to cut back on paid work, it usually defaults to the person who earns least. With a gender pay gap that precedes the pandemic, this is once again bad news for women.
But unpaid domestic work is only one part of a cluster of problems facing women in Covid-19. Women have also been recorded as experiencing greater anxiety than men during the pandemic – bearing an emotional and financial fallout that has all-encompassing effects on their livelihoods.
The problems extend beyond the home and into our neighbourhoods. During Covid-19, sexual harassment and other forms of violence towards women have continued to occur on streets, in parks, and on transport. Social distancing and curfews have meant less people are outside, resulting in increased susceptibility and risk of violent incidents.