There have been quite some articles published on the gendered impacts of the Covid-19 virus and its measures to contain it, including several feminist perspectives. This article presents a selection of the different perspectives and information shared, with links to further overviews.
FEMINIST PERSPECTIVES ON COVID-19
“In the midst of the pandemic, the full scope of the effects of neoliberalism is being revealed. Not all people will be affected the same. The ability to isolate, work from home, homeschool your children, stockpile your shelves, access healthcare, and financially (and psychologically) put your life back together after the pandemic is class, gender, race, age, and geography dependent.
But even though the scales will be different, the problems will be similar. There will be an impact on employment, and in fact corporations are already asking for bailouts; the care burden on women is already massive; the state of emergencies proclaimed around the world will have an effect on our freedoms and human rights; our mobility will be different. But while we cannot (for the time being) do anything about how the virus operates, we can use this momentum to start transforming how our societies operate”.
Felogene Anumo is a pan-African feminist activist that co-leads the Building Feminist Economies program at the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID).
“The current pandemic is brazenly putting a spotlight on the urgency of questioning, challenging and resisting mainstream global capitalism. If we don’t stop the destructive effects of corporate power on our planet and our health, Covid-19 is here to remind us that nature might do it for us!”
“Grim as it is to imagine now, further epidemics are inevitable, and the temptation to argue that gender is a side issue, a distraction from the real crisis, must be resisted. What we do now will affect the lives of millions of women and girls in future outbreaks. For too long, politicians have assumed that child care and elderly care can be “soaked up” by private citizens—mostly women—effectively providing a huge subsidy to the paid economy. This pandemic should remind us of the true scale of that distortion”.
WIEGO calls forsocial protection measures — such as cash grants to replace incomes for women informal workers. This allows greater financial freedom, affording them the ability to social distance as much as possible. As public health restrictions on movements in public space and on contact with others become more stringent, such measures will become essential to keeping the world’s large informal workforce out of poverty.
Statement by APWLD: women must be a part of decision-making in national budgeting processes, especially when urgent fiscal policies are made to respond to this COVID-19 crisis. The responses must be formulated with the aim to reduce inequalities, redistribute wealth and achieve human rights. For that, structural change is undoubtedly crucial.
The gender impact of Corona Virus: How to move to an economy that cares for people and the planet, analysis and recommendations by Thera van Osch
GENDERED IMPACTS OF COVID-19
How will covid-19 affect women and girls in low and middle income countries?
COVID-19: the gendered Impacts of the outbreak (with analysis from previous virus outbreaks)
Why gender matters: impact and recovery covid-19
Coronavirus puts women in the frontline (overview by EIGE on gendered impacts in EU)
COVID-19 in Latin America
Gender and data resources related to COVID-19 (overview of diferent resources and articles)
Gender and COVID-19 pandemic (other overview of different resources and articles)
Impacts on women in supply chains:
Garment workers face destitution as COVID-19 closes factories
Ramifications of COVID 19 for workers at the beginning of the supply chain (women in the flower sectors in Kenya
Impacts on migrant and refugee women:
In time of Coronavirus, how are women domestic workers are coping with work and fear
Impact of Social Distancing on Immigrant Survivors of Gender Based Violence
Webinar: LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND – Support Lesvos in COVID-19 times (including possibilities on how to support the migrant women at the Greece Island).