Women worldwide are doing more unpaid work during the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic and have a greater danger of slipping into poverty, a report released from the United Nations shows.
The report “Whose Time to Care” from UN Women, surveyed data in 38 countries and found that both women and men have increased their unpaid workloads, but women are “still doing the lion’s share.”
Most alarming, the report said, is that research published in September by UN Women shows that the economic losses related to the pandemic could push 13 percent of women and children into poverty.
“Next year, 435 million women and girls will be living on less than $1.90 a day worldwide – including 47 million specifically impoverished by Covid-19,” the report said.
The report showed that more women than men were leaving the workforce to take on care burdens for children and other family members, the research gathered by telephone and online survey methods showed.
“Greater numbers of women – who are already less likely to be in the workforce – have left the labor market altogether,” the new report said. The difference is highest in Latin America, a region hard hit by the economic fallout of Covid-19, with 83 million women outside the labor force (up from 60 million before Covid-19).Since the pandemic began, 56 percent of women and 51 percent of men have increased the time they spend on unpaid care work, the report said. SOVEREIGNPH