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Read the new report on Gender inequality during the lockdown in the UK by the GenTime team

Key points


  • Women remain the main homemakers and caregivers. The ‘lockdown’ could lead to a resurgence of traditional gender roles and negatively impact women’s labour market access and performance in the long-term.

  • Women form 80% of the health and social care workers who are more exposed to the virus, among people aged between 20 to 49,

  • Single mothers fare the worst the in labour market, are the least likely to own a house, and have a car in the household, and has the highest risk of depression, which makes them particularly vulnerable in the current circumstances.

  • Employed single mothers have the same chance of working in the key sectors in response to COVID-19 as partnered mothers. Safer and more versatile transport solutions are necessary for key workers and especially those who need to rely on public transport to get to work and ensure their kids to attend nurseries/schools.

  • Childcare support is critical when the usual support networks, such as grandparents, friends, and neighbours, can no longer help with childcare, especially for single mothers.


The full report is available to download from the publications tab.

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