Gender & COVID-19: Frontline workers
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The majority of healthcare and social workers on the frontline are women, which means they are more exposed to COVID-19 and more vulnerable to contracting the virus. This is a gendered impact of COVID-19.
During global pandemics and in an emergency state, as resources are spread thin, those on the frontline, including, in particular, healthcare workers, are often required to extend their working hours, adding extra pressure and stress to these professionals.
What’s more, there is a gender pay gap which exists in the health workforce, further compounding the gendered impacts of COVID-19. Response efforts must acknowledge and address the large and unequal representation of women working on the frontline, particularly across healthcare services.