Caring in the time of COVID-19: Gender, unpaid care work and social protection

Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed and Ramya Subrahmanian - UNICEF

This blog post by Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed and Ramya Subrahmanian of the UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti calls attention to the risks faced by women and girls in light of the economic and social fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impacts of the pandemic on women and girls' unpaid care work. "Emerging evidence suggests that care roles continue to be assumed disproportionately by women during this pandemic," note the authors. Furthermore, "people over the age of 60 have the highest risk of infection. They are also often sources of childcare support within families, enabling younger women to work and study. The inter-generational impacts of the virus on long-term care arrangements, when children need to be separated from older family members, will need to be better understood." The blog post calls for social protection measures to help address gender inequalities and mitigate gendered risks.