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Covid-19 & Women: your weekly update

Week 20: August 24-28 2020
Dear Subscribers, 

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

If you would like us to include any news, publications, research projects or events in this newsletter, please reply to this email! 

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. 

Before we get started, we want to tell you about our upcoming event 'A care-led recovery and building back better' which will take place on Tuesday 8th September at 1pm-2pm BST. In this webinar we will explore why a recovery from Covid-19 must centre around care in order to build a fairer & more resilient economy. The event is free but you will need to register, see here for more details!

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


Parenting and Covid-19
Latest research by by Women’s Budget Group, The Fawcett Society, London School of Economics and Queen Mary’s University London

Submission to the Treasury Select Committee inquiry into the Economic Impact of Coronavirus
Written evidence submitted by WBG

Submission to the Joint Committee on Human Rights inquiry into Human Rights Implications of Coronavirus
Written evidence submitted by WBG

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 

Uncharted Territory: Universal Credit, Couples and Money
Report presenting findings from the first phase of a research project from the University of Bath

Rescue and recovery: Covid-19, jobs and income security
Latest report from the Institute of Public Policy Research

Maternity Action leads joint call for a meaningful review of NHS charging
Joint campaign led by Maternity Action

Mind the gaps - briefing 12
Latest briefing from the Child Poverty Action Group

End Violence Against Women Coalition report: Access to justice for women and girls during Covid-19 pandemic
Joint report published by a number of leading women's groups

Pandemic exacerbating young women's depression 
Press release from Young Women's Trust

Covid-19 has unmasked deep-seated inadequacies of social care. Can it give birth to a constructive strategy?
Article in Public Sector Focus- pages 22&23

Government urged to end 'mum-shaming' amid warning women face 'tsunami of unemployment' without more help
Article in Politics Home

Social Housing and the Gender issue: Could COVID-19 make it worse?
Blog post from the School of Economics at the University of East Anglia

For working parents in the pandemic, a survey finds dads have it easier than moms
Article in Protocol (U.S.)

Climate, Covid and Care: Feminist Journeys
Zine documenting journeys, stories, and ideas from five feminist activists working at the intersection of gender justice and climate justice in the time of Covid-19, from Oxfam.
Upcoming Events

A care-led recovery and building back better
8 September | 13:00-14:00 BST

The Women’s Budget Group invites you to join this webinar, where Sue Himmelweit (Commissioner, Commission on a Gender-Equal Economy), Ann Pettifor (Commissioner, Commission on a Gender-Equal Economy) and others (TBC) will discuss what a care led recovery from coronavirus might look like, and why investment in care is essential to creating a fairer economy. The Discussion will be chaired by Faiza Shaheen (Director of CLASS and Commissioner on a Gender Equal Economy)

Has the time come for a four day week?
8 September | 18:00-19:30 BST
The 4 Day Week Campaign
invites you to this webinar to discuss whether the time has come for a four day week for the UK with Andy McDonald MP (Shadow Employment Rights Secretary), Clive Lewis (Labour MP for Norwich South), Grace Blakeley (Economics commentator and staff writer for Tribune Magazine), Kate Bell (Head of Rights, International, Social and Economics at the TUC), Mary-Ann Stephenson (Director of the Women's Budget Group), Will Stronge (Director of Research at Autonomy)

Covid-19, Feminist Academia and Social Justice Issues
18 September | 15:00-17:00 BST
A joint roundtable event between the Feminist Studies Association (FSA) and the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender (CSWG) at the University of Warwick
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