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Pandemic: Informal Women Workers Urgently Need Income Replacement & More Protections

Photo: María Elena Díaz Espinoza, a waste picker in Lima,Peru, collects recyclables on the streets in the neighborhood of Los Olivos. Credit: Juan Arredondo/Getty Images

WIEGO – Women in Informal Employment Globalizing & Organizing

https://www.wiego.org/blog/pandemic-informal-workers-urgently-need-income-replacement-and-more-protections

By Laura Alfers

23 March 2020 - “Flattening the curve” has become a mantra of the COVID-19 pandemic — but calls for staying home and social distancing have starkly emphasized the inequalities in our society, including amongst workers. 

Social distancing and staying home are real possibilities for middle-class office workers covered by social security. They are much less achievable for unprotected informal workers who fall between the cracks, excluded from formal work-related protections as well as from state social assistance programmes that target the very poor and those outside the labour market. 

“I am afraid of the coronavirus,” said an informal worker in Mexico, “but I am more afraid of dying of hunger if there is no work.” 

This stark reality is likely to be particularly pronounced for women informal workers, who will have to cope with a greater care burden while attempting to put food on the table.

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Gender Inequality in the Workplace - Analysis

Harvard Business Review - From the March–April 2020 Issue

https://hbr.org/2020/03/whats-really-holding-women-back

What’s Really Holding Women Back from More Progress at Work

By Robin J. Ely & Irene Padavic

As scholars of gender inequality in the workplace, we are routinely asked by companies to investigate why they are having trouble retaining women and promoting them to senior ranks. It’s a pervasive problem. Women made remarkable progress accessing positions of power and authority in the 1970s and 1980s, but that progress slowed considerably in the 1990s and has stalled completely in this century.

Ask people why women remain so dramatically underrepresented, and you will hear from the vast majority a lament—an unfortunate but inevitable “truth”—that goes something like this: High-level jobs require extremely long hours, women’s devotion to family makes it impossible for them to put in those hours, and their careers suffer as a result. We call this explanation the work/family narrative. In a 2012 survey of more than 6,500 Harvard Business School alumni from many different industries, 73% of men and 85% of women invoked it to explain women’s stalled advancement. Believing this explanation doesn’t mean it’s true, however, and our research calls it seriously into question.

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Call to Mainstream a Gender Perspective in Drug Treatment & Prevention Programmes, & Develop Alternative Drug Policies Grounded in Gender Equality, Ending Stigma

One of the posters of Dianova’s Human Empowerment campaign dedicated to raise awareness about the close relationship between addiction and gender

https://www.dianova.org/advocacy-articles/statement-to-the-64th-session-of-the-commission-on-the-status-of-women/

March 23, 2020 - Over the last decades, alcohol and drug-related disorders have spread dramatically and no nation remains immune to their considerable human and economic costs. Although rates of substance use disorders seem to be higher for men than for women, the physical and mental consequences can be more profound for the latter.

The prejudices and social stigma associated with female drug users delay the treatment process. On the one hand, they are pointed out for being drug users or having an addiction problem and, on the other hand, for not fulfilling the gender-related roles that are expected from them (double stigma). When they try and face such situations, stigma affects them to a greater extent. Addiction treatment programmes are generally grounded in an androcentric perspective that does not meet everyone’s needs, and engendering obstacles to treatment. For this reason as stated by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimewomen account for only one out of five people in treatment for drug use.

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Only 1 manager out of 3 in the EU is a woman...... even less in senior management positions

More than6.7million persons hold a managerial position in the European Union of 27 Member States(EU): 4.3million men (63% of all managers) and 2.5million women (37%).

In addition, women account for a little over one quarter of board members of publicly listed companies in the EU(28%), and for less than one fifth of senior executives(18%)in 2019.In other words, although representing approximately half of all employed persons in the EU, women continue to be under-represented amongst managers.

This information is published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, on the occasion of International Women’s Day. This news release only shows a small part of the large amount of gender based data available at Eurostat.

https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/documents/2995521/10474926/3-06032020-AP-EN.pdf/763901be-81b7-ecd6-534e-8a2b83e82934

Извор: Eurostat – 06.03.2020

 

COVID-19 Highlights the Failure of Neoliberal Capitalism: Call for Feminist Global Solidarity

COVID-19 Highlights the Failure of Neoliberal Capitalism: We Need Feminist Global Solidarity

March 25, 2020 - APWLD stands in solidarity with the people in the region and across the globe, who are suffering from COVID-19 pandemic and other interconnected crises.  Women of all diversities bear the brunt of this crisis as they face multiple and intersecting discrimination, exclusion and violence.  The effect of this public health crisis leading to — and was brought by —- the interconnected economic, social and political crisis is becoming clearly evident, and the most marginalised communities are hit the hardest. We have observed the significant lack of access to accurate information, governments’ failure to deliver on their state obligation, including in ensuring transparency or meeting peoples’ basic needs, increased digital surveillance, curfews and lockdown with sweeping measures by military and police forces.  With movement restrictions as well as the closure of schools in the absence of adequate support for care services, we have also witnessed how, at home, patriarchal, gendered norms of unpaid care work are reinforced, as well as rapid surges in domestic violence across the world.

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