Women have more workload and greater risk of COVID-19, experts say

Women have more workload and greater risk of COVID-19, experts say
Women have more workload and greater risk of COVID-19, experts say

The women have been the most affected population for him COVID-19 not only being more exposed to the virus, but also by having higher workloads during confinement and an increase in hours of unpaid work, a specialist said Wednesday.

“Women have been more affected. They are more exposed to the virus because 70 percent of the workers in the health sector and 80 percent of the social assistance sector are women ”, he lamented Gabriela bustamante, director of Inclusion and Purpose of PwC, during your participation in the forum “Women with Energy“, Organized by Iberdrola México.

The specialist explained that the closure of schools and care centers for the elderly as a result of the pandemic caused unpaid workloads to increase dramatically and the additional hours of work absorbed women.

According to Bustamante, it is estimated that 51 percent of women in Mexico during the pandemic have presented burn out syndrome or professional burnout; while 45 percent reported exhaustion.

It all fell on the women, ”he said.

However, she pointed out that this problem had existed since before the pandemic, since globally women perform three-quarters of the unpaid work that is done in the world.

In addition, only in Mexico, there is a wage gap of 14 percent.

While the participation of women in the workplace is still very low.

In addition to this, he added that of the 35 percent of women who are in the work environment, only 13 percent achieve senior management positions, 8 percent reach a presidency and only 5 percent occupy a position on boards of directors. business administration.


Women, victims of violence

Bustamante also said that another problem is related to violence against women, which also occurs in work environments.

However, he regretted that companies still do not have “adequate policies, we do not have an adequate culture to solve the problem.”

About, Jimena vilchis, a specialist in gender and human rights, pointed out that sexist violence in countries like Mexico “is normalized.”

In addition to this, he explained that one of the main problems is workplace harassment, for which, he pointed out, it is necessary to implement strategies, but above all to accept the problem, talk about it and put the victims at the center to find a solution.

Finally, Vilchis said that among the measures that companies should take to address this problem are the implementation of specialized protocols on gender violence, ensure that complaints can be made safely, are anonymous and without consequences, have awareness and training in matters of gender, diversity and racism.

In addition to involving men, promoting work-life balance; and creating incentives for men to participate in the home, such as paternity leave.

This allows women not to lose competitiveness and allows men to generate empathy and make them jointly responsible for care work ”, he pointed out.

With information from EFE

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