The discussion will cover topics including the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on gender inequality, measuring unpaid work, why policies affect men and women differently and how this can be addressed. While these are universal themes, the focus of the discussion will be on the Global South.
This event is happening two days after International Women’s Day and as part of PEP’s activities highlighting how research and policies can and must improve women’s economic empowerment.
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International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day takes place on March 8 to celebrates women’s social, economic, cultural and political achievements. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
Women represent about 70 percent of the world’s poor, comprise two-thirds of the global illiterate population, are more likely to hold vulnerable jobs, and frequently earn lower wages than men. To be effective, any agenda aimed at promoting socioeconomic development must promote gender equity.
This year, working towards the goal of gender equality is even more challenging as women are hit harder by the COVID-19 crisis than men. Before the COVID-19 crisis, the World Economic Forum predicted that at current rates of progress it would take 257 years to close the economic gender gap. The pandemic and its fallout will likely push 47 million more women into poverty, reversing decades of progress to eradicate extreme poverty.