As COVID-19 continues to affect lives and livelihoods around the world, we can already see that the pandemic and its economic fallout are having a regressive effect on gender equality. While most people’s lives and work have been negatively affected by the crisis, our analysis shows that, overall, women’s jobs and livelihoods are more vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic. The strong message emerging from our research is that the faster policy makers and business leaders act to push for greater gender equality, even as the COVID-19 crisis continues, the bigger the benefits not just for gender equality but also for economic growth. What is good for greater gender equality is also good for the economy and society as a whole. The COVID-19 pandemic puts that into stark relief and raises some critically important choices: act now to remove barriers to greater female labor-force participation and a bigger role in society and reap the economic and social benefits; delay and still benefit, but to a substantially lesser degree; or allow the disappointing status quo to prevail and slide backward, leaving massive economic opportunity on the table and negatively affecting the lives of millions of women. Parity is powerful. Perspectives on countering the regressive effects of COVID-19 on gender equality Read More


Kudumbashree, the Kerala State Poverty Eradication Mission was launched in 1998, with its objective to eradicate absolute poverty holistically. Over time, with a vast, and ever expanding network across the state, this community organization has become a vital player in the implementation and adaptation of policies and programmes of the state government. Kudumbashree has emerged as an indispensable partner in the state government’s Covid-19 response, working extensively in collaboration with local governments and independently to ensure information and services reach all those in need across the state. Read More



The Initiative for What Works for Women and Girls in the Economy, hosted a webinar on May 8, 2020 on the topic "Covid-19 and women’s livelihoods in India". The session was moderated by the Head of IWWAGE, Ms. Soumya Kapoor Mehta and esteemed panelists included Ms. Bina Agarwal (Professor, University of Manchester), Mr. Santosh Mehrotra (Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University) and Ms. Renana Jhabvala (President, SEWA Bharat). The session discussed and dissected multiple dimensions of the impact of covid-19 on women’s economic activities and what must be done to reverse the shrinking economic spaces available to women in light of the pandemic and beyond. The recording of the webinar can be accessed here.

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