Tuesday 30th June 2020
Women and girls are being left behind by the UK Government’s approach to lifting lockdown.
The UK Government has focused on reopening the economy while sidelining childcare and social care infrastructure. Pubs, hairdressers and cinemas will be open again from 4th July but for many parents, a lack of childcare means they cannot go back to work. Women still do the majority of unpaid care and the situation will be hardest for single parents, 90% of whom are women.
Existing inequalities have been worsened by the coronavirus outbreak. Black and Asian women and women from ethnic minority backgrounds were more likely to say they were struggling to make ends meet and feed their children during lockdown than white women. Social isolation has hit disabled women hardest, with 56% saying they’ve struggled to cope.
Together as a coalition, we've made recommendations for the UK Government on the following areas:
Safeguarding women’s incomes
Public health and protecting women from a second wave
Addressing the disproportionate impact on Black, Asian and ethnic minority women
Making women safe from violence and abuse
Disabled women and older women, and self-isolating and shielding households
Women in prison
Women's representation in crisis decision making
Please download the briefing and send it to your MP, urging them to make sure women and girls are not left behind as lockdown is lifted.
Please share it on social media using the hashtag #MakeWomenVisible.