Women being the more vulnerable sex, suffered more during COVID-19. The pandemic came as a disaster for everyone. Jobs, finances, education, and even relationship miseries are a part of its consequences. The fairer sex is at the worse end of this pandemic. They have to look after their families, households, children’s studies and undoubtedly their jobs. Women seek perfection in their performance and COVID-19 imposed an imbalance in the harmonious work-life balance. Moreover, the biased approach towards women at home and workplace added to their woes. You have no choice but to agree with me.
COVID-19 added to the food insecurity for women
Women around the world endured more food insecurity than men. Given the widespread social norms, women eat less at home or skip meals if required. Unequal distribution of food at home becomes a thing to worry about because the health of the women is at risk. At work, women are given lower salaries than men in the same position. This controls their habit of spending on food. Women spend less on food than men and it is a cause of concern. Women are also at a greater risk of catching the pandemic because of poor health.
Surge in Violence Against Women during COVID-19
Violence against women and girls increased by 33% in some countries due to Covid-19. The world was going through a setback and women became the victims in the hands of their partners and bosses. Depressed men find in their women partners, the easiest channel to transfer their anguish. Domestic violence also increased with the surge in COVID-19. I have no idea why there is a hue and cry over “gender equality” when it is just a phrase in the dictionary of a few privileged.
More women left jobs due to COVID-19
Women have been overburdened since the onset of the pandemic. The lockdowns brought extra responsibilities for them. Many women left their jobs because they feel that their families need them more. They are now juggling cooking food, cleaning homes, teaching children, disinfecting spaces and whatnot. Men can’t accomplish ‘all’ these tasks even if they intend to. I wonder why the woman who is multitalented and adaptable is given less importance in our society.
“GLOBALLY, WOMEN DO THREE-QUARTERS OF ALL UNPAID CARE WORK AND COMPRISE OF TWO-THIRDS OF THE PAID – WHICH CONTRIBUTES TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO THE GLOBAL ECONOMY.”
Increase in Child marriages during Covid-19
The pandemic came as an end to the formal education for a lot of girl children. Many people find girls a burden on themselves and feel relieved after marrying them off. I’m not speaking of a few poor and uneducated people, it is a tendency of the majority of people in developing countries. Sad but true, Covid-19 gave those people an excuse to marry off their daughters at a young age.
“MATERNAL DEATHS INCREASED BY BETWEEN 8% AND 39% PER MONTH IN LOW- AND MIDDLE-INCOME COUNTRIES, DUE TO A COVID-19 RELATED REDUCTION OF PERINATAL CARE.“
The pandemic has been cruel to all of us but women face multiple gender-based issues because this is how our society is formed. Is it still early to think of changing the basis of the societies?
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