Although coronavirus affects the health of both men and women, it is women who are feeling the heaviest burden of its many impacts on work, childcare and the economic situation around the world. This is true in the UK where, for example, a recent study found that 98% of workers in high risk jobs that are being paid poverty wages are women.
But it is equally true, if not more so, for women living in lockdown in the global south. In the Philippines, the capital city Manila and the entire island of Luzon are under lockdown. This is a totally unplanned situation, that has creating chaos and misery especially for low-paid women vendors, households, nurses and hospital workers, many of whom now have to walk for hours just to get to work.
In this webinar, we’ll be talking to two women from the global south who have been campaigning for many years to challenge the power structures that result in inequality for women and marginalized people. Jean Enriquez and Mercia Andrews will compare their experiences of the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic in urban Philippines and in rural South Africa and how they are organising to protect the most vulnerable.