Covid - 19 - An opportunity for change?
People across the country are being paid 80% of their salary. For 51% of us this is the norm, but the other 49% now find themselves in the same situation. Covid -19 does not affect all people equally. Many of the roles which the government previously deemed ‘unskilled’ are now essential workers and very much valued. Many of these roles have high proportions of women and BAME people in them. People fulfilling essential worker roles are at higher risk of contracting the virus due to exposure. On top of these, we know women will still be picking up the bulk of the household chores and looking after children and elderly relatives. What will the long term impacts on women be?
In amongst all of this, there is something else happening. Our work life balance is being challenged; Covid-19 is an eye opener. Heterosexual families where both parents are working are having to learn how to share childcare. Many people are experiencing looking after their children either full or part time for the first time.Teachers and youth workers are Superheros. Workplaces are learning to be more flexible than they ever previously admitted was possible both in terms of childcare and the support they provide to disabled people. Will this continue? We have a live case study to push forward our agenda.
We cannot yet tell what the long-term impact on women will be, but what we do know is how it is changing the lives of women of all ages through out it.
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