The post-Covid crisis will affect women more than men.
Many structural inequalities between men and women are already present and the looming crisis will act as a revelation and worsen the situation.
Observation of the situation of women around the world and in France confirms that women earn less, save less, hold less stable jobs and often in informal sectors of the economy. L es men are privileged.
The sectors most affected by the crisis will provide relief through the wage adjustment variable. Women will be on the front line and will be the most impacted. Gender equality is no longer relevant.
Forecasts predict the loss of 400 million jobs worldwide in the short term. The redundancies noted mainly concern women. This is explained by the excess representation of women in the sales, hotel and tourism sectors, which are the sectors directly affected.
To illustrate this trend, we see in the USA, over the last three months, a considerable increase in the unemployment rate for women which exceeds the rate recorded for men. The trend was the opposite before the crisis and we can observe this phenomenon in the majority of the countries of the world.
Women entrepreneurs who are at the head of small structures are particularly at risk.
Indeed, 70% of them are already in difficulty according to the first surveys carried out and 40% fear that they will no longer be able to pay salaries in the near future .
For the first time in modern economic history, we are witnessing a disaster : 600 million to 1 billion people could fall into poverty and the majority will be women. They are much more likely than men to fall into extreme poverty and then food insecurity.
In the world and in France, a woman who brings up her children alone is particularly vulnerable : a single income for the family and increasingly expensive domestic responsibilities.
It is urgent and vital to take the right measures.
Realistic and effective social protection plans need to be developed to support women. They must participate in the planning of future economic interventions and orientations.
The women and men of our country need equality.
Today, the current crisis reveals with even more violence the previous inequalities in the face of dismissal.
Our duty as citizens and people is to offer a fair and benevolent future for all. The duty of political and economic leaders is to act on this need for justice.
It is high time to respect each other.