COVID-19 is a once-in-a-lifetime type of crisis, and there’s virtually no element of life that it hasn’t disrupted in some way. On the positive side of the pandemic, the virus can challenge us to abandon systems that were toxic or inefficient and to develop entirely new, sustainable, socially beneficial ways of living.
But experts now understand based on COVID-19 data that the virus affects certain groups disproportionately, such as African Americans. And across a wide range of demographics, it’s also clear that there is a gender gap in terms of socioeconomic consequences of the pandemic. Consider the following:
- A United Nations report asserted that women are feeling the financial influence of the disease more strongly, women’s disrupted access to health services can negatively influence wellbeing, unpaid care work has gone up, and violence against women is increasing as the pandemic forces them into lockdown