Call for Action: Gender Equal Cities under COVID-19
Due to overrepresentation in sectors like health care, food retail and education, women face a much higher risk of being infected by the Coronavirus while at the same time carrying a much higher burden of upholding essential public services. At the same time, women are underrepresented in politics making it more difficult for them to contribute to crisis-management and response. Studies on previous economic shocks have uncovered that women’s income recovers slower from recessions than men’s. Staying at home does not appear to be a good alternative either, however. Reports of domestic abuse have increased by 30 percent since the pandemic’s outbreak. Based on these observations concerning the gender impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, URBACT and CEMR encourage stakeholders to use this momentum to advance real change and trigger discussions aimed at including women in decision-making processes at all levels of governance.
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