The gender gap exists, even during this time of the pandemic. A survey from Syndio found that 14% of women were considering quitting their jobs because of their increased family demands amidst the crisis.
Two sectors expected to be hardest hit in the post-COVID world are hospitality and retail, both of which employ significant numbers of female workers.
According to the 2018 Periodic Labour Force Survey, only 22% of women in India aged above 15, were part of the workforce. In Nordic countries, almost three out of four working-age women are part of the paid labour force.
The findings come amid concerns that the crisis has already impacted the jobs held by women. Women are taking on a greater share of child care and schooling duties during the lockdown.
Even though work from home is the new normal, the negative impact this pandemic will have is that companies will have fewer women employees.
In these tough times, firms need to choose equality and inclusion to help women flourish in the future. The more diverse and inclusive workplaces lead to a decent work environment.
This crisis could see women’s equality pushed back a generation. So, companies have to choose whether they need to improve their work culture by enabling more women into the system or see them fall apart.