Gendered Norms and Pandemics such as COVID-19

As we deal with the effects of restrictions and actions to minimise Coronavirus Kelley Burke of Channel 7 News has written an an excellent article on the gendered impacts of the virus and it’s clear links to women’s economic insecurity.

In a summary   ..

Gendered norms mean that women are at much higher risk than men of contracting COVID-19 and of surviving the virus.

Women are more vulnerable to COVID-19 due to their economic insecurity, their over-representation in certain sectors of the economy, their caring responsibilities, and the feminisation of the education and healthcare sectors.

Measures are in place for hand washing, social distancing and self isolation ..“But none of these measures address the gendered nature of pandemics and why the burden of the disease will largely be felt by women. It really has to be at a policy-making level, and it’s the policymakers that need to get into the habit of thinking about the gender differences,” she says.

For full article click here

For the Lancet source article click here

For Amy Haddid Broadsheet Article COVID-19 is not Gender Neutral click here

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