Why We Need to Keep Fighting for Women’s Economic Empowerment
9th June 2020 6:00pm Singapore Time
- Panelists shared how COVID-19 will disproportionately affect women because of their overrepresentation in hard-hit sectors and their designated roles as caregivers in the family and society. Governments tightening fiscal policies and deregulation of labour policies may also have a negative impact on gender equality, eroding previous progress.
- Despite the negative impacts, the pandemic has surfaced opportunities in the post-Covid world particularly around greater digitalisation and revamped methods of operation. However, panelists point out that the disparity in access to technology still needs to be overcome for a truly inclusive recovery.
- The panel stressed the importance of governments and corporations to challenge societal norms and traditional gender roles, pointing out that we need to look both at the roles of women at work and men at home.