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Women pay the price for corona's economic fallout

23-6-2020

In its issue of today, An Nahar published an AFP feature on Corona and women’s work, noting that, compared to men, they bear the economic brunt of Covid-19 pandemic. Women are more vulnerable to lose or quit jobs in order to care for and teach their children at home. According to a study released last week by the British think-tank, the Institute of Fiscal Studies, women received the biggest blow as a result of coronavirus because they assume a larger share in the vulnerable services sectors and workplaces, like bars, conference venues, hairdressing salons, hotels and restaurants. This was also confirmed by Nicole Mason, head of the US-based Institute for Women’s Policy Research. AFP cited a concerned message in the Times of Higher Education magazine by a group of renowned international women scientists denouncing sexism and the return to patriarchal society which they have struggled against since the outbreak of the pandemic. The signatories voiced concern that the huge progress women achieved in sciences has become a silent sufferer of the crisis, and charged the media with inviting men to talk about the coronavirus, albeit less qualified and accomplished than their women peers. (An Nahar, June 23, 2020)

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