UK: The government’s botched response to Covid-19 will set women back decades—and shows the need for more female leaders

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July 28, 2020

UK: The government’s botched response to Covid-19 will set women back decades—and shows the need for more female leaders

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By Zainab Asunramu,

From growing cases of domestic abuse to rising job insecurity, women have borne the brunt of Covid-19’s many ravages. But there has been a dearth of women at the government’s daily Covid-19 briefings. The lack of expertise informing governmental decisions has exacerbated the unequal burden that women already face daily.

Lack of meaningful representation for women and other marginalised groups on the government’s coronavirus task force is a direct failure of leadership at the very top. And the impacts have been huge: at home, at work, and across society at large.

Juggling multiple hats

Women have been finding themselves increasingly overburdened at home, juggling multiple hats as mum, teacher, cook, cleaner and employee. The Institute for Fiscal Studies found that compared to fathers, mothers were more likely to have quit or lost their jobs, or been furloughed. They were also more likely to be spending more time on household responsibilities.

Click here to read the full article published by Prospect Magazine on 21 July 2020.

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