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Covid-19 & Women: your weekly update

Week 11: June 15-19 2020
Dear Subscribers, 

We hope you are safe and well. This is our eleventh weekly newsletter, bringing you the latest on gender, the economy and Covid-19. If you like what we are bringing you, forward this email to a friend or two so they can sign up here

We want to express our continued support and solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement demanding change both here at home and across the world. We are part of a sector that has work to do to be genuinely anti-racist. We must reflect & commit to change, today & everyday. 

As part of our work on the Commission on a Gender Equal Economy, we invite you to a webinar, 'Putting Gender Equality at the Heart of a Wellbeing Economy.'

Putting Gender Equality at the Heart of a Wellbeing Economy
24 June 2020 |1:00pm-2:00pm (BST)

The Women’s Budget Group invites you to join this webinar, on Wednesday 24 June, 1-2pm BST, where investigative journalist Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi will be chairing a discussion on what a gender-equal economy with wellbeing at its core might look like. This is the second webinar in our series for the Women’s Budget Group’s Commission on a Gender-Equal Economy. Register here.
Dr Katherine Trebeck, Wellbeing Economy Alliance
Rachelle Earwaker, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Dr Angela O'Hagan, Wise Centre for Economic Justice
Natasha Davies
, Chwarae Teg

Keep reading for more news on the gendered and economic impacts of the pandemic in the UK and beyond. Scroll down to the bottom to catch upcoming events on gender, the economy and Covid-19. 

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The Women's Budget Group on Covid-19

Disabled women under “immense pressure” during lockdown
New data analysis from Women’s Budget Group, Fawcett Society, Queen Mary University London and London School of Economics reveals that during lockdown a shocking six in ten disabled women are struggling to access necessities from the shops (63%), compared with 46% of non-disabled men 52% of non-disabled women. Six in ten disabled women also fear missing out on medicines, compared with 43% of non-disabled women and 37% of non-disabled men. Read more here

Latest ONS data on employment (February-April 2020)
We have analysed the data released by the Office for National Statistics for February to April which includes the first full month of lockdown.The data shows a record fall in the number of job vacancies and the largest ever decrease in weekly hours worked. Read more here

Covid-19: Gender and other Equality Issues -briefing translated.
OEM Colombia, a women's equality organisation based in Colombia, translated one of our briefings into Spanish. The original briefing in English can be found here. Please feel free to share the Spanish translation with any networks you feel may benefit from this. Read more here.

Briefings on Covid-19
Find everything the Women's Budget Group has done on Covid-19 here. This includes our reports on the impact that Covid-19 has on Social Security and Social Care, as well as joint letters, policy responses, and more. 

Find it all here
Covid-19: the latest from home

Disabled women over 11 times more likely to die of Coronavirus
New data released by the Office of National Statistics, has been analysed by Disability Rights UK to reveal that disabled women with limiting disabilities aged under 65 are 11.3 times more likely to die than non-disabled females. Read more here

Disabled Women Have Been Hit Worst Of All By Lockdown
Aasma Day writes for the Huffington Post on how social isolation and struggling to get access to food and medicines are among the issues disproportionately affecting disabled women in the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more here

Why women are falling through the Covid cracks
Writing for the Telegraph, Laura Bates explores the reasons why the fallout from the pandemic on women’s lives and gender inequality will be devastating – as statistics already show. Read more here

Coronavirus: 4.5m people in UK forced to become unpaid carers
Amelia Hill reports for the Guardian on a group of charities' call on the government to rebuild care system to support carers and their families. An estimated 4.5 million people – three times the size of the NHS workforce – have been forced to become unpaid carers for sick, older or disabled relatives by the Covid-19 pandemic. We know that the majority of unpaid carers are women. Read more here

UK society regressing back to 1950s for many women, warn experts
Inequality has worsened during lockdown, writes Hannah Summers for the Guardian, with women saddled with more not less childcare, as research showed the proportion of mothers responsible for 90 to 100% of childcare increased from 27% to 45% during lockdown. Read more here

The cost of learning in lockdown: family experiences of school closures
Child Poverty Action Group released a report looking into family experiences of school closures and home education. Their research found that 40% of low-income families were missing at least one essential resource to support their children's learning. One third of the families who are most worried about money have had to buy a laptop, tablet or other device. Read more here

The mental health effects of the first two months of lockdown and social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK
The Institute for Fiscal Studies have released a working paper reporting the initial findings of their research into the effects of lockdown and social distancing on mental health. Findings show that the biggest impacts have been on the gender and age groups – broadly women and the young – that already had relatively low levels of mental health. Pre-existing inequalities in mental health have therefore been exacerbated by the crisis. Read more here

Working parents and carers call for more flexible working post-COVID-19
New data published by Working Families reveals that more than 9 in 10 working parents and carers surveyed want their workplace to retain flexible working post-COVID-19. The charity is calling on the government to act on previous commitments to ensure that employers are advertising jobs with flexible options as the norm wherever possible. Read more here

LGBT Foundation research: Hidden Figures – the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on LGBT communities in the UK
LGBT Foundation published findings from the largest and most substantive research into the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on LGBT communities in the United Kingdom to date. Key findings included that 42% of respondents would like to access support for their mental health at this time. Read more here

Gender Equality and COVID-19
The Oxford Human Rights Hub published a submission, advising the government that in responding to Covid-19, it is imperative that the Government heed its duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination and advance equality of opportunity between women and men. Read more here

COVID-19: Progressive Tax Measures to Realize Rights
The Center for Economic & Social Rights and Tax Justice Network have published a briefing on what 'Build Back Better' means for tax justice and human rights in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more here

Covid-19: the impacts of the pandemic on inequality
The Institute for Fiscal Studies published a report to bring together what has emerged so far about the impacts of the crisis on inequalities across several key domains of life and, in doing so, to make a few overarching points. Key findings include that the years leading up to the COVID-19 crisis, and in particular the long hangover from the last economic crisis of the late 2000s, had left households in a precarious position. Read more here

The Covid-19 response must not leave young women behind
Georgina Laming from Young Women's Trust, writes for The New Statesman on how the economic fallout from the global pandemic will leave many struggling financially, with young women among those worst affected. Read more here

How will the response to coronavirus affect gender equality?
The Covid-19 crisis presents a potentially major setback for gender equality with its effects likely to persist long after lockdown has ended. Why have women borne such a heavy economic and caring burden – and will the negative impact persist? Economic Observatory explores this question. Read more here

We’ve all been clapping for carers — but now it’s time for Boris Johnson to act
Writing for Politics Home, Philippa Whitford MP argues that as we emerge from the worst of the pandemic we mustn’t forget the hard work and commitment of carers across the UK, both professional and unpaid, during the unprecedented challenge of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here
Covid-19: the global pandemic 

Covid-19: Male disadvantage highlights the importance of sex-disaggregated data
Writing for the British Medical Journal,Katherine Ripullone, Kate Womersley, Sanne A.E. Peters and Mark Woodward talk about the importance of sex-disaggregated data for confirmed covid-19 cases and deaths, which are lacking from approximately half of the most severely affected countries. Read more here
Events for isolation

‘Uncharted territory: Universal Credit, couples and money’
22 June 2020 | 2.30pm-4pm BST
Join University of Bath Institute for Policy Research for the online launch of ‘Uncharted territory: Universal Credit, couples and money’, a new report from Rita Griffiths, Marsha Wood, Fran Bennett, and Jane Millar. The report presents findings from the first phase of the ESRC-funded project, ‘Couples balancing work, money and care: exploring the shifting landscape under Universal Credit’  Register here.

Implications of the COVID-19 Crisis for Disability Policy
23 June 2020 | 3.30pm-5pm BST
This panel event, hosted by the London School of Economics and Political Science, will explore the potential implications for disability policy of these possible futures under the political and socio-cultural themes. It will explore questions including whether the ‘vulnerability’ framing is likely to inform future policy and what the implications are for disabled people’s lives, communities and activism. Register here.

Putting gender equality at the heart of the wellbeing economy
24 June 2020 | 1pm-2pm BST

The Women’s Budget Group invites you to join this webinar, on Wednesday 24 June, 1-2pm BST, where investigative journalist Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi will be chairing a discussion on what a gender-equal economy with wellbeing at its core might look like. This is the second webinar in our series for the Women’s Budget Group’s Commission on a Gender-Equal Economy, where we delve into some of the bigger questions arising from the discussions that have taken place throughout the Commission, exploring what a gender-equal economy could look like. Register here

Putting Workers at the Heart of a Recovery: What can we learn from Spain?
24 June 2020 | 4pm-5pm BST
Join the TUC to hear from the Spanish Labour and Social Economy Minister Yolanda Díaz Pérez, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady and Labour Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Policy Ed Miliband to discuss how progressive forces can work together to create a fairer future for working people. Register here.

Abandoned, forgotten and ignored - The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Disabled people
24 June 2020 | 5pm BST
A webinar and panel discussion to explore the findings of Inclusion London's newly launched report examining the impact of Covid-19 on Disabled people. The coronavirus pandemic has shone a light on the long-standing structural inequality and discrimination that Deaf and Disabled people experience. Register here

Race and Class narrative in Covid-19
25 June 2020 | 11am-12pm BST
Faiza Shaheen
from CLASS and Nina Kelly from Runnymede present their 'Race & Class Messaging' work about how we incorporate language that fights the right's 'divide and rule' tactics along migration, racial and religious lines. Register here.
Calls for papers: Gender and Covid-19

Politica Economica/Journal of Economic Policy. Submit by June 30, 2020. Find out more here.
Feminist Studies Journal. Submit by July 15, 2020. Find out more here
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