Pandemic - and how it has impacted the women
As we begin to approach a post-pandemic world with cautious optimism - we are also faced with the very many weak links revealed - from the pre-pandemic world which were anyway ripe for review and revamp. And nowhere do we see this more than with concepts of equanimity, equity, diversity and inclusivity. For women, the pandemic has been a mixed bag of blessings and bane. Women emerged as most vulnerable to the fallouts of the pandemic:
- Disproportionate impact of job losses;
- Regression in burden on ‘traditional’ roles as mom, home maker, family custodian;
- Increased challenge for support, reduced participation of men in household chores;
- Growing ‘invisibility’ around sensitive milestones (e.g. pregnancy, health).
At the same time, many women also perhaps experienced for the first time, the pleasure of being in close engagement with their family and kids.