Coronavirus harms gender equality
Economic and domestic turmoil caused by the COVID-19 pandemic could wipe out 25 years of increasing gender equality, new United Nations data suggests.
Lockdowns, job losses, school closures and dwindling income from the coronavirus have seen women take on significantly greater shares of housework and childcare. Employment and education opportunities are likely to be lost, and women may suffer from poorer mental and physical health.
"Everything we worked for, that has taken 25 years, could be lost in a year," the UN Women deputy executive director Anita Bhatia told the BBC.
Women's new burden of care posed a "real risk of reverting to 1950s gender stereotypes,", she said.