The United Nations International Labor Organization stated that only 43.2 percent of women of working age would be employed by 2021 instead of 68.6 percent of men.
The Covid-19 pandemic has caused job losses in many countries, with women being more affected than men. According to the International Labor Organization, only men’s employment will recover from the crisis, announced Monday.
According to the U.N. agency, women are at greater risk of being laid off or working less during times of economic and social restrictions. This is especially true for sectors like accommodation and food services.
Many women continue to be burdened by unpaid care work and have suffered severe income loss.
The ILO reported that “Even though the expected jobs growth for women in 2021 exceeds that for men, it will still be insufficient to bring them back to pre-pandemic employment levels.”
It stated that between 2019 and 2020, global employment of women fell by 4.2 percent. This is a drop of 54 million jobs compared to 3% of men’s work or 60 million jobs.
In 2021, the number of women employed is expected to drop by 13 million from 2019, but the number of men working is expected to remain roughly the same as in 2019.
The ILO stated that only 43.2 percent of women of working age would be employed by 2021 instead of 68.6 percent of men.
At 9.4 percent, the Americas saw the most significant drop in women’s jobs due to the pandemic. The region still has bleak prospects for women, it stated.