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15 March 2021Brussels

The European Parliament publishes “The gendered impact of the COVID-19 crisis and post-crisis period”

This European Parliament’s policy department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs, at the request of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM Committee), has published the study “The gendered impact of the COVID-19 crisis and post-crisis period” in September 2020.

Outbreaks affect men, women and other genders differently. This can be both the direct infections with a pathogen or the secondary effects of public health response policies. COVID-19 is no exception and the gendered impacts are numerous. This study outlines some of the key gendered effects and provides indications for how these may extend into the post-crisis period based on currently available data on COVID and longer-term effects of previous outbreaks. This includes the lack of sex-disaggregated data, the role of healthcare and care workers, domestic violence, the impact of quarantine on feminised sectors of the economy, the additional unpaid labour on women as a result of lockdown, access to maternity, sexual and reproductive health services.

You can consult the full study report at this webpage.