Lockdown gender gap remains firm

Policymakers must consider the gendered impacts and their repercussions when implementing measures to tackle the epidemic

While the world has been thrown into chaos by COVID-19, gender inequality has survived the pandemic intact, according to a report from Oxford’s Department of Sociology, with women still carrying out most housework and childcare, although they are disproportionately exposed to the virus – as the majority of front-line health workers.

Although people throughout the country have been forced to remain at home, the report shows the gender inequality gap has remained firm during lockdown, with women still undertaking the lion’s share of housework and childcare. Men have increased their input in the home, but so have women, so the ‘gap’ has stayed the same in terms of housework - at around five hours a week.

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