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How lockdown having a disproportionate impact on women


How lockdown  having a disproportionate impact on women

A disaster or catastrophic ends to have a disproportionate impact on women. According to the writer, this is because of the traditional gender-based role of women in society. For example, during the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, it was observed that the disaster had a disproportionate impact on women, mainly because of their gender-defined roles. Since women are generally seen as the traditional caregiver in the family, they lacked the required life-saving skills, and as a result, a relatively higher number of deaths count was registered amongst women during the tsunami. Then after the disaster, women who were rendered homeless were accommodated in relief camps. And it was observed that at these relief camps, women had to face abuse and molestation, and they even had to face hygiene and sanitation issues at these relief camps. similar challenges have been faced by women in the United States as well, which is frequently hit by tornadoes. similar challenges were noted during the 2018 19 floods of Kerala as well, where lockdown is also having a disproportionate impact on women. See long periods of work from home and social isolation have significantly increased the household responsibilities for women. Because in a patriarchal society, there is no equal division of labor within the household. And the added responsibility falls on women, which is a result of traditional gender-defined roles. Then we have also discussed over the past few weeks as to how the lockdown has resulted in an increase in the number of cases of domestic violence against women in India and as well as around the world. Along with this, the risk of losing their jobs, and the added challenges being posed to pregnant women menstruating women and menopausal women, shows how the lockdown is having a disproportionate impact on women. To tackle these challenges,  the government provides adequate protection to the frontline health care workers, most of whom are women. She's asking the government to provide online counseling to couples and families to tackle domestic violence by involving NGOs, psychology, students, volunteers, etc. She's also calling upon the government to set up dedicated helplines that are run by gender-inclusive teams, which can provide assistance to women during these difficult times.

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