Women have suffered both loss of income and serious impacts to their wellbeing in the wake of the pandemic. In particular, women are more likely to work in informal sectors with negligible access to financial support, while many work in the industries hardest hit by the crisis. Many single mothers, who make up the majority of single-parent families, have had to turn to food banks to feed their families. Meanwhile, domestic and sexual violence has increased worldwide, with tensions rising as people were confined to their homes. In France, these incidents increased by 30%.
Supporting women is not only the right thing to do: keeping women safe and healthy will help us all to forge a pathway towards a sustainable, fair and inclusive future. They are at the forefront of supporting patients in hospital, representing 70% of medical personnel worldwide. They keep our supermarkets moving and take care of the vulnerable in our communities. And they are powerful catalysts of change. Their benevolent actions ripple out through our society, providing hope and support for the vulnerable.