Migrant Women Are Holding Society Together During This Pandemic

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Migrant Women Are Holding Society Together During This Pandemic

Taroa Zuñiga Silva

The past year has seen several lockdowns as a result of the pandemic, which have had a deep impact on education, employment and the way we work globally. These factors have had an especially stark effect on women.

For more than 168 million children worldwide, schools have been closed for almost a year, forcing them to resort to online learning from home, according to UNICEF. In most households, it is women who have borne the majority of the burden of home schooling during the lockdowns.

Meanwhile, even as working from home has become the “new normal,” the pandemic has... resulted in the loss of 24.7 million jobs, according to an estimate by the International Labour Organization (ILO). Economic inequality is likely to worsen, the ILO warns, as the jobs crisis disproportionately affects women and migrants.

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