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Economic effects of COVID-19 crisis on gender inequality

April 22, 2020

Women and men have differentiated positions in the economic and social reality, which means that crises, such as the current one caused by Covid-19, will have different impacts.

The informal sector of the economy will be the most affected with job losses and a substantial loss of income. Within this sector, domestic service (that generates a similar number of jobs as construction) takes a prominent place, since it represents 25% of unregistered jobs. The decline in activity in this sector, because of social distancing measures, directly affects women, who represent 97% of those employed in private homes.

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