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Covid-19 & Women: your weekly update

Week 16: July 20-27 2020
Dear Subscribers, 

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

Before we get started, The House of Commons, Women and Equalities Committee (WEC) is looking for three specialist advisers for its sub-inquiries into coronavirus:  These are part-time, flexible roles, which will be to supplement existing internal expertise, providing advice to staff and MPs (for example, making input to briefing documents, the strategic direction of the inquiry and advising on aspects of final reports). 

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. 

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

New ONS data on time use and parenting in lockdown 
We have analysed the data released by the Office for National Statistics on parenting in lockdown during Coronavirus and the effects on work-life balance. 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 

Parenting in lockdown: Coronavirus and the effects on work-life balance
Latest ONS data 

Covid-19 and feminism in the Global South: Challenges, initiatives and dilemmas
Article from Nadje Al-Ali on intersectional gendered impact of COVID-19. 

Prices for holiday childcare could triple this summer as parents called back to work
Article in the Telegraph 

Hear us!
Video from Sisters Not Strangers Coalition on refugee and asylum-seeking women in the pandemic.

Starving and sleeping on the streets: The reality of life for women seeking asylum in lockdown Britain
Independent article covering Sisters Not Strangers Coalition work

Women’s participation in labour force reaches lowest level in three decades: RBC
Article from Canadian Standard 

Public sector pay rise announcement `kick in the teeth for social care staff´
Reported by ITV News

Why Did It Take a Pandemic to Show How Much Unpaid Work Women Do?
Opinion piece in the New York Times

Covid-19 Feminist Recovery Plan
Women’s Policy Group NI has produced a COVID-19 Feminist Recovery Plan. 
Events for isolation

Launch of 'Feminist Recovery Plan'
Wednesday 29th July | 2pm-3pm
A range of women from marginalised communities in NI will be speaking at this event on their experiences of COVID-19, alongside an overview of some of the recommendations. For more details, and to book your place at this event, please contact Rachel Powell, Women’s Sector Lobbyist, at
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