European Ministers responsible for Social Policy recognized that the covid-19 pandemic affected women more than men and that national recovery plans must translate that difference.
The ministers responsible for Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs (EPSCO) met today in an informal videoconference, in the context of the Portuguese presidency of the Council of the European Union, under the motto “A future with jobs – Jobs for the future of a Strong Social Europe ”.
“Today’s meeting showed a great consensus in recognizing that the impact of the crisis is different and that it is important to respond with public policies, so that there are no setbacks in equality”, said the Minister of State and the Presidency, in a press conference at the end the meeting.
“There was a widespread recognition of the different impact of the crisis about women and men ”, confirmed the Minister of Labor, Solidarity and Social Security.
Ambassador Minister, Mariana Vieira da Silva e Ana Mendes Godinho, respectively, co-chaired the meeting of EPSCO ministers, which also included the European Commissioners responsible for the same portfolios and representatives of the International Labor Organization and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Underlining that “Women have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic”, the European Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli, justified that the responses to the crisis must be “gender sensitive”.
The action plans “must also have a gender focus”, so that there is an “equal recovery”, he maintained.
Mariana Vieira da Silva underlined that this differentiated impact on women “can, if not reversed, give rise to setbacks in equality”. For example, it is necessary to “ensure that teleworking will not be an additional factor of inequality”, he pointed out.
For this, stressed the Portuguese minister, it is necessary to include the gender perspective in national recovery and resilience programs.
Main victims of unemployment
The number of unemployed registered in employment centers in January exceeded 424 thousand, a maximum of almost four years, after new more restrictive confinement measures earlier this year in response to the evolution of deaths, infections and hospitalizations due to covid-19.
The data is accompanied by information from the Ministry of Labor, Solidarity and Social Security, which points to a sharp increase in unemployment in the transition from December to January – on average, 3.5% since the end of the 1980s. the rise of New Year’s Eve is more expressive and penalizes, especially women, youth and workers from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley region.
Greater Lisbon was responsible for almost half of the increase in unemployment measured by the IEFP. In net terms, there were 10 017 more unemployed than a month earlier, an increase of 8%, in the calculations of the Cash Money.
As in previous months, non-renewal of contracts was the main reason for the increase in unemployment. In the new registrations made over the month, more than 49 thousand, there were 24,675 registrations after non-renewal and 7663 dismissals at the initiative of the employer, with 2134 dismissals by mutual agreement.
IEFP data also shows that the most penalized women in the rise in unemployment in January, representing 59% of the increase in unemployment in continental territory).
As for the age analysis of the unemployed, young people between 25 and 34 years old experience the highest growth in unemployment, at 6.7%, for 84 602 unemployed. This is followed by workers between 35 and 54 years old, with an increase of 6.4%, to 165 665 unemployed.
Despite the sharp increase in registered unemployment, and the restrictions on circulation and activity in force, January is still marked by an increase in offers of employment by 27%, with placements increasing 60% compared to December, to a total of 7405. Still, below the levels of a year earlier.
In January, there were 245,058 unemployed people receiving benefits, 1.5% more than a month earlier, with the unemployment benefit coverage rate standing at 57.5%. It fell from the 60% recorded in December.