COVID-19 and gender inequality
In fear of the strong contagious of COVID-19, most countries are protecting their citizens by controlling their movement, for example, implementing lockdowns or curfews. Such responses to COVID-19 mean that schools and daycare centers are closed, and there is a definite difference in its effect on women and men. It is stressed that sudden increases in the burden of housework and care arising from social distancing, increases in domestic violence, healthcare and social workers being exposed to the risk of infection, and instability in employment due to economic recession have made women even more vulnerable than men. UN Women also claim that COVID-19 worsens gender inequality and affects women and girls, especially in terms of economic activities (labor), health, care, and gender-based violence (UN Women, 2020).
The international web conference "COVID-19 and gender inequality: Crisis of Social Care System and Women’s Labor in the Time of Covid-19" aims to examine these gender inequality issues that have become prominent due to COVID-19, inter alia, universal gender issues related to paid and unpaid work, share each city’s present conditions, and discuss how to respond to COVID-19 and prepare for the post-COVID-19 era at the city and international levels. In particular, this conference emphasizes the important roles cities should play as a key implementing agent in solving gender inequality in the era of COVID-19.
At the conference, we will bring together city government, women organizations, women NGOs and grassroots to share their cities’ current situation on gender inequality in women’s labor and how they are dealing with it. It will also discuss how diverse stakeholders should cooperate to solve gender inequality during and after COVID-19.
When? October 20, 15:00h - 17:00 KST (GMT+9)
To attend the conference, please register here
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