Half the Sky: How to Get Gender Equality Back on Track
December 9, 2020 | 11:00am GMT
About the Event
The pandemic has taken a toll on people all around the world. It has impacted women differently - and disproportionately. While men have borne the brunt of job losses during previous economic downturns, this time, hundreds of thousands of women are now out of work given how this crisis has impacted certain industries and the roles within them. That’s the impact on those doing paid work. With billions of people staying home, school closures, and communities in lockdown, the demand for unpaid work – cooking, cleaning, childcare, supervising home school and looking after extended family – has surged. The pandemic has made the balance even more lopsided. There’s also been a spike in the number of domestic violence cases since lockdowns were imposed in various parts of the world - again, most of the victims are women.
There are real concerns Covid-19 downturn could profoundly impact this generation of working women for decades to come. Unless, we act now. On December 9, Bloomberg convenes influential voices to discuss how to get back on track towards creating a more equal and gender balanced workforce.
Dr. Halima Begum
Cherie Blair CBE QC
Cherie Blair Foundation for Women
Director of External communications
The Chief of the ILO’s Gender Equality & Diversity branch