International Women’s Day has been celebrated around the world for more than 100 years with the achievements of women
But this year, due to lost jobs and increased domestic worries, economically, women have found themselves in a worse position than men.
According to the UN International Labor Organization, women have lost more jobs globally than men due to the pandemic. In 2020, about 5 percent of women lost their jobs compared to 3.9 percent of men, which meant a complete loss of service or reduced working hours.
During the pandemic, the UN highlighted the differences in how the crisis would affect women compared to men.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said: “Gender inequality has increased dramatically over the past year. “Closing schools and working from home has hit women hard.”
According to the UN, 58 percent of women in the world are “informally employed”, jobs are largely unregulated, and often without taxes and benefits. In addition, women are more likely to work in industries that have been hit hardest by the pandemic, such as the hotel business and child care.
In the United States, more black and Latin American women have lost their jobs than white women, and in recent months, the situation has been slower for them.
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, 8.95 percent of black women and 8.5 percent of Latin American women were unemployed in February, compared with 5.2 percent of white women.
While women around the world face the burden of childcare due to economic challenges, higher unemployment, and closed schools, they have found ways to use their skills and inspire others.
Colombian farmer Nubia Cardenas said it was hard for her to watch mothers struggling to feed their children in Bogota, the country’s capital. He and his son had an idea.
Cardenas told VOA: “My son told me, ‘Let’s do something fruitful.’ Any YouTube channels, teach farm management or anything else. Give them hope. “
Launched in April 2020, their YouTube channel now has more than 700,000 followers.
Women all over the world are working as tailors to respond to the dramatically increased demand for poultices that is needed to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
“We believe that women are strong and can work in support of men,” Iraqi tailor Niga Mohammed told VOA.
Author and Employed Black Women’s Rights Activist I Want Harts believes that with the remote switching of jobs, manufacturers have the opportunity to diversify their workforce.
Harts told VOA: “I believe that high-tech companies will have more opportunities for black and brown women. “To work for the Fortune 500 companies from their villages, or from places where they do not have the means to move to big cities.”
But data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics in recent months indicate that such changes will not happen soon.
The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is “Choose a Challenge.”
According to the International Women’s Day website, “The challenging world is a sober world. The challenge is the precondition for change. “
In a pandemic, for many women around the world, the primary challenge may be economic survival.