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Put gender equality at the heart of post-Covid-19 economic recovery: ILO

Improving their working conditions will have a significant impact on many women workers, given the large numbers who work in the care sector

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Governments should prevent women from losing their jobs by implementing policies that keep them in work as women have a harder time than men in getting back to paid work once crises have passed, said Esquivel.

The coronavirus pandemic is disproportionately affecting women workers and governments should prioritise policies that offset the effects the crisis is having on their jobs, International Labour Organisation (ILO) has said.

Before the onset of Covid-19, many women were excluded from the labour market. The pandemic has made things much worse, said Valeria Esquivel, ILO senior employment policies and gender officer.

"It is disproportionately affecting women workers who are losing their jobs at a greater speed than men. More women than men work in sectors that have been hard hit by the economic fallout from pandemic like as tourism, hospitality and

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First Published: Aug 22 2020 | 5:49 PM IST

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