Impact of COVID-19 on Working Women
Monday 27 April 2020
The Indian economy has been plunged into severe economic uncertainties created by the global pandemic Covid-19. At the same time, there are also discussions on how the eruption, the spread and the aftermath of the novel virus will affect women. The numbers of women at work, their sustenance at the workplace, their pay, their career graph was already a matter of grave concern and a much-discussed concern globally.
Globally, economists are constantly analysing and predicting the future of the economy in each sector, each country and the combined effect thereof, in global economy. To make things worse, it is being globally acknowledged that the impact of COVID-19 pandemic is not gender neutral, as it affects men and women differently. Globally, women are more vulnerable to the economic shocks wrought by crisis such as the coronavirus pandemic. Now with Covid – 19, are we seeing worse days ahead? What has been the impact of COVID-19 on working women, both in urban and rural areas? Which are the sectors where women have become dispensable? How do we ensure that women are not further marginalized in these unprecedented times?
CII-IWN, West Bengal brought together, Ms Soumya Kapoor Mehta, Economist, Head, IWWAGE and Ms Monideep Banerji, Journalist, Resident Editor, NDTV, on an extremely vital discussion on April 27, 2020 around these issues at this crucial juncture of life and economy, and to understand why women are at more risk, and how to create and sustain a gender-neutral response to the pandemic.