Who cares in the Coronavirus pandemic?

Women and girls are paying the highest price in this coronavirus crisis, as they shoulder the majority of care work. Governments must step up to address this inequality.

Motherhood is a full-time job for Ruth, mother of seven, in the Philippines. Photo: Jed Regala/Oxfam
Care work often takes up a lot of time for women and girls — leaving little to no time for work, study or leisure. Photo: Jed Regala/Oxfam

Poor and marginalized women are paying the highest price

The research confirms that women at the intersection of multiple inequalities, those living in poverty, marginalized based on their ethnicity, income, race, indigeneity, education, and migration status continue to be pushed furthest to the margins and have had to pay the highest price.

  • 42% of women in the informal settlements of Kenya said they were unable to do their usual paid work as a direct result of increasing caring responsibilities during the pandemic.
Men think they are doing as much care work.
Men think they are doing as much care work.
Graphic: In no country do women take on as much unpaid care work as women.
Graphic: In no country do women take on as much unpaid care work as women.

This is a moment for change and governments need to act now

Right now, we have a historic opportunity to set things right and to enable an economic recovery that prioritizes the giving and receiving of care. One that takes advantage of this unique moment where men are participating in care work more than ever.

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