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Pandemic's Impact on Working Women

From job security concerns, closures to increased caregiving responsibilities and other unpaid, informal labour, women have been impacted significantly during the covid -19 pandemic.

A global survey finds that nearly 7 out of 10 women who experienced negative shifts in their routine as a result of this pandemic believe their career progression will slow down.

As per the reports of Oxfam International in 2020 alone, women globally lost more than 64 million jobs which equals 5% of the total jobs held by women compared to 3.9% of the men's jobs.

CMIE estimates that 49% of total job losses by November 2020 were of women. By November 2020 men recovered most of their lost jobs,but women were less fortunate.

The regressive labor-market outcomes implies that women experience a disproportionate share of job losses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here are some steps to consider to help safeguard efforts to achieve gender diversity:

Make flexible working the norm

Establishing a working arrangement that ensures proper work/life balance for every individual.

Promote networking, leadership, mentorship as they are beneficial to their careers.

Leading with empathy and trust

Have open and supportive conversations with the team. It promotes an open and empathetic work culture which helps in building trust .

Introduce creative approaches to learning in flexible and practical ways.

Address and minimize the risk of an unconscious bias in processes like reward, succession and promotion.

The pandemic has been tough and has brought vast inequalities in gender to light, but now is the time to make sure that gender balance is maintained in the workplace.

As Hillary Clinton said, "We need to make equal pay and equal opportunity for women and girls a reality so women's rights are human rights once and for all."

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