Women at the frontline of the COVID-19 Crisis
Sister Beatriz Martinez-Garcia
On March 11, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) a pandemic. As of June 27, the World Health Organization reported that globally there are 9,633,157 confirmed cases 490, 481 deaths.
What is happening since that day? COVID-19 drastically is changing not only the routine of people’s daily life, but also the way to relate with each other. The stay-at-home policy is intended to save lives at the same time, this disease is exposing the pre-existing inequalities of worldwide social, economic and political systems.
How COVID-19 is worsening the situation of women and girls? Before COVID 19, women spend three times more in the unpaid care and domestic work than men. During this pandemic, women’s workload has increased considerable now that schools are closed.
According to the International Labour Organization 740 million of women depend on the informal economy. Most of these women do not have access to health care or other social assistance. Most of these women are single parents, migrants, and widows.Women earn less and save less; globally, they earn 23 % less than men.
Maybe this information is not new, it sounds like statistics. However, each one of these 740 million of women who work in the informal market are women who have a name and story. These 740 million of intelligent women who are innovators, initiators, and entrepreneurs hope for a decent job and a decent house to live. They are on the frontline struggling for the lives of their love ones. These 740 million women on the frontline must be decision and policy-makers to build a new era, an era of solidarity!