Women and Covid-19 briefing
This series of briefings address significant issues that are emerging in the UK as a result of Covid-19 that impact on the work of community investment. In each one, we have brought together available evidence to help you think about and plan future strategies and how resources can be directed. This briefing covers women.
There are important indirect social and economic impacts of the pandemic that have disproportionately affected women, especially those on low incomes, migrants, the elderly, disabled or those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups.
For instance, of 3.2 million workers employed in roles deemed to be at ‘highest risk’ of exposure to Covid-19, about 2.5 million are women. Some 89% of nurses and 84% of care workers are women.
School closures, reduced employment, furloughing, and remote working have also made the provision of childcare and home-schooling challenging. Childcare in England for the youngest ages costs between 45% and 60% of women’s salaries.