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Covid-19 leaves unequal impact on women at home and in business: Facebook

Facebook has shed light on the unequal impact of the pandemic on women at home and in the business. According to a survey of more than 460,000 Facebook users in more than 200 countries and territories:

  • More than 25% of respondents in most regions reported having concerns about having enough food and basic supplies during COVID-19, including more than a third of women in the US and Canada.
  • Women consistently reported earning less than men and being dependent on someone else financially. A quarter of women expressed concerns about the future of their jobs and that they spent more time on unpaid care and domestic work as a result of COVID-19.
  • The majority of people agreed that women and men should have equal opportunities in education, employment and household decision-making.

In another survey of 25,000 small and medium-sized businesses across more than 50 countries, Facebook found this:

  • 23% of all female business leaders stated that they spent six hours or more per day on domestic responsibilities, compared to only 11% of men. 
  • Female-led SMBs were more likely than male-led SMBs to report that they were closed, even when taking into account factors like size of business, sector and geography.
  • 24% of female business leaders, compared to 18% of male business leaders, identified caring for household members as an area for further policy support.

For more information on both the reports, read Facebook’s official blog post.