Research indicates that gender inequality can be worsened in emergency situations as people may revert to traditional gender roles. For example, men taking control of the emergency related decision-making in the family, and women taking on caring for dependents and household duties such as cooking and cleaning. These gender roles may play out differently depending on aspects of identity including gender identity, Aboriginality, and sexuality.
The COVID-19 pandemic is difficult for everyone and can create stressful environments with tension between many things such as the need to work, care for children and family and continue to maintain a household. We can all continue to promote gender equality by reflecting on:
Gender Equity Victoria (GEN VIC), the Victorian peak body for gender equity, has released a statement on behalf of 50 organisations across Victoria calling on the State and Federal Government to recognise the gendered impacts of COVID-19.
The statement can be found here: https://www.genvic.org.au/focus-areas/advocacy/gen-vic-campaigns/gender-equity-womens-organisations-unite-on-covid19-disaster/
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