Women Affected Disproportionately By Covid Pandemic: IMF's Gita Gopinath
The COVID-19 pandemic threatens to roll back years of hard-won economic and social gains for women and as nations struggle to grow their economies, tapping into the huge potential of women is clearly a "win-win" for both women's empowerment and inclusive global economic growth, Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund Gita Gopinath said on Monday.
Ms Gopinath made the comments in her keynote address at the Inaugural Dr. Hansa Mehta Lecture.
"We are meeting amidst a global health and economic crisis which threatens to roll back years of hard-won economic and social gains for women. Women have been affected disproportionately by the pandemic because they work predominantly in sectors such as restaurants and hospitality that have been hit hardest by the lockdowns, and as the main caregivers at home they have had to drop out of the labour market as schools closed," Ms Gopinath said.