Covid-19 crisis worsens pre-existing inequalities

A report from the International Labor Organization found that the Covid-19 crisis, which hit vulnerable workers harder, has exacerbated pre-existing inequalities.

Due to the absence of social protection, for example, two billion workers around the world have been working in the informal sector, and work disruptions associated with the global pandemic have had a disastrous effect on families’ incomes and livelihoods.

The crisis has also disproportionately affected women. Female employment decreased by 5 percent in 2020, while male employment fell by 3.9 percent during the same period.

The proportion of women leaving the labor market was higher than that of men.

Overall, the most affected regions by the job losses in the first half of 2021 are Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as Europe and Central Asia. In both regions, estimated uptime losses exceed 8 percent in the first quarter and 6 percent in the second.


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