His pandemic coronavirus has disproportionately affected women in European Union countries. This is because they make up the vast majority of health workers and other front-line jobs, according to an EU report.
The pandemic has also led to its increase domestic violence to the detriment of women, according to the EU’s annual report on gender equality.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected women’s lives,” the report said. “There is already ample evidence that the achievements of previous years, which have been made with difficulty, have been reversed; progress on women’s rights is hard to gain but easily lost.”
Health risks for women have risen, as have their workloads and challenges to work-life balance, according to a report released today and seen in advance by Reuters, as reported by the Athens News Agency. Women also took on more care responsibilities during lockdowns.
This has burdened women’s safety, with domestic violence on the rise in France, Lithuania, Ireland and Spain during the first lockdown in Europe in the spring of 2020, say the authors of the study.
Women also filled more jobs than men who required personal contact and who were hit hardest by the restrictions imposed to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
“The over-representation of women in lower paid industries and occupations, such as hospitality, retail or personal services, makes them particularly vulnerable in the labor markets affected by the COVID-19 crisis.“, According to the report.
Employment women in the EU has fallen slightly more than the employment of men at the beginning of the pandemic and women have since had more difficulty finding new jobs.
“On the contrary, service sectors that were not so disrupted by the nature of the activity, such as information and communication, financial services and insurance, employing mainly men, saw an increase in employment rates,” the report said.
The report’s authors warn that trends could lead to lower pensions for women, widening the gender pay gap and other inequalities “for decades to come”.