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Covid-19 & Women: your weekly update

Week 18: August 3-7 2020
Dear Subscribers, 

We hope you are safe and well. This is our eighteenth 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. 

Before we get started, Covid Realities is a research project based at the universities of York and Birmingham, working in partnership with Child Poverty Action Group. The aim is to work with parents and carers to understand the challenges faced by families living on a low income during the pandemic, so that they can help policymakers make better-informed decisions.If you are a parent or carer with children under 19, and you’re on a low income, they'd like to hear about your experiences. Read more here

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

Impact of Coronavirus on early career researchers
Post-graduates and Early Career Researchers, we want to hear from you! We are seeking to understand the impacts of COVID-19 as it interacts with an already precarious higher education sector. Take our survey 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 

The impact of the coronavirus outbreak on London’s low paid workers
Latest research from the Learning & Work Institute 

Covid-19's Impact on BME Communities
Latest report published by Runnymede illuminates why BME groups are at greater risk from Covid-19.  

Key workers face social and emotional struggles during COVID-19 crisis
Latest research from the Nuffield Foundation 

The mental health and experiences of discrimination of LGBTQ+ people during the COVID-19 pandemic: Initial findings from the Queerantine Study
Study of LGBTQ people’s experience during the pandemic, by University College London (UCL) and Sussex University

BAME workers disproportionately hit by UK Covid-19 downturn, data shows
Guardian analysis finds BAME people overrepresented in sectors hit worst by coronavirus crisis

Coronavirus: Huge increase in families hitting benefits cap
Latest DWP figures show the number of single parent households affected by the Benefit Cap has more than doubled during Covid-19.

Covid-19: An economic crisis for women
Blog post on Soundings by our colleague, Anna Johnston

The Government is leaving women behind in its coronavirus recovery – and not just with childcare
Opinion piece in inews

Don’t Let This Good Abortion News Go Unnoticed
Article in Refinery29

Real Life Horror Stories From the World of Pandemic Motherhood
New York Times opinion piece 

We urgently need new tools to measure economic recovery after coronavirus
Piece on The Conversation from Ala'a Shehabi
Events for isolation

Menstrual Health and COVID-19
9 August | 1:00pm EDT | 6.00pm BST
The Shadow Pandemic panel is a part of Girl Up's 'Exploring COVID-19's Intersectional Impact on Women & Girls Worldwide' webinar series.

Conflict Affected Girls Education and COVID-19
10 August | 5.00pm BST
Hosted by Girl Up Edinburgh, UK and Paper Airplanes

COVID-19 and Women's Prisons
13 August | 8.00pm BST

Join Girl Up Edinburgh UK as they have an in-depth conversation with Lindsey Linder and Cynthia Simons from the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition.
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