Gender equity is a key to global success, and we must do it as an overwhelming majority supports it.
Any effort to ease the consequences of COVID-19 without gender lens reduces its effectiveness. The COVID-19 lockdown strangely affects women in the labor market, as sectors with high female employment rates suffer explicitly targeted job losses.
Many aspects of the economic consequences of COVID-19 are likely to reduce employment opportunities for women.
Significance of Gender Equity After Lockdown
The socio-economic crisis of COVID-19 must be understood from a gender perspective. The political response should be to rebuild economies and societies so that women can lead to secure, productive, and satisfying lives.
The lockdown provides a unique opportunity to make progress in the area of gender equality by deliberately reformulating policies and practices to introduce a new chapter in the history of work. The time has come to work together as a global community to reduce the gender gap once and for all, to create a new, more inclusive world.
Here are some tips to improve gender equity after lockdown
Understand the importance of gender equity
Start by gaining a good understanding of the situation of gender equality within your organization.
Start with simple measures such as the percentage of women by the department, job and location, and in your job lines.
Involve women in decision-making processes
Women make up 50% of the world’s population. Their life experiences, talents, and perspectives need a place at the table. Again, it’s not just a good thing to do; it is the smartest thing to do.
Women are effective decision-makers, and when they participate in negotiation processes, there are higher chances of the right decision. Moreover, it gives them the feeling that they are important and is being respected for their decisions.
Make sure the metrics are the same for the genders
Get deeper to see if the salary and performance ratings are right for men and women. If the base pay for women is below average, payment decisions may not be fair.
Likewise, understanding the percentage of employees who receive each level of performance appraisal, and then comparing it with the proportion of each employee classification will reveal whether performance appraisals are delivered equitably.
Make women’s work a priority in recovery efforts
Since women are usually assigned to housework in the production process, their jobs are often the first to be lost during business automation. As partial barriers to public transportation decrease, women may have less access to work, given their dependence on public transport.
Women’s work must become a priority in recovery efforts. Initiatives to improve access and digital skills should be better targeted and explicitly targeted at low-income women.
Crises are often catalysts for turning points in the lives of individuals and societies. The current epidemic will be another turning point, one that will provide an opportunity to respond in a way that upsets traditional narratives and beliefs to new norms and values making this world a better place for everyone.