Health & Education Opinion

What crisis are women facing? : Divya Tiwari

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Divya Tiwari. Currently, incidents of violence against women have increased during the lockdown applied to control COVID-19 in various countries of the world. A major women’s aid helpline, generally in the United Kingdom, has reported a 700% increase in complaints of domestic violence cases.
Cases of female violence have increased during the lockout, but due to disruptions of public services and traffic, women’s support groups have not been able to provide their services proactively and many have been forced to lay off employees or shut down the organization Others are due to economic pressures. Is constrained.
The threat to women’s rights and their freedom is much greater than physical violence due to COVID-19. Significantly, the recently reported National Commission for Women reported that cases of women and domestic violence doubled during the lockdown implemented in the country.
Currently most women globally work in areas where they have to work at low wages without other facilities. Such as – domestic help, daily laborer, street vendor or hair dresser etc.
According to an estimate released by the International Labor Union, around 200 million workers globally lost jobs in the months after the Corona era, and many of them belong to sectors in which women have more participation. With reduced school incomes due to fewer jobs, necessities for older people and pressure from hospitals, caregiving responsibilities on women have increased and many students have to leave their studies.
During the Ebola epidemic in the West African country of Sierra Leone, enrollment of female students in schools had fallen from 50% to 34%.
Men are also experiencing a decrease in employment due to COVID-19, but it has been observed that even under normal circumstances, women do more domestic work than men.
In such a situation, if children’s schools remain closed even after the commencement of professional activities, women will usually be asked to take care of the children, which will have a direct impact on their employment and income.
While the participation of women in the health sector is around 70%, the number of women in management roles / positions in the health sector is much lower than men.
The ratio of women’s participation in political leadership to that of men is also very low globally
The role of women at important forums is very important to deal with this epidemic, so as to avoid the worst of this epidemic, working on low income and unequal representation has negative consequences on the interest of women as well as society and economy. Be in
As part of efforts to revive the economy after the COVID-19 epidemic, women should pay special attention to easy rates in loans, cash transfers, loan waivers and other schemes.
The importance of the role of women in the country’s economy should be acknowledged.

Divya Tiwari : journalist & writter

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