Women are bearing a disproportionate burden of pandemic, its consequences. This needs to be addressed -Neera Saggi

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published Published on Jul 25, 2020   modified Modified on Jul 25, 2020

-The Indian Express

This is not the first time women have been left to fend for themselves and it is not the last time that they would be forced to identify their mode of survival whether in “ghare" or “baire” — within or outside her home.

Society, grappling with the COVID-19 virus, the associated health crisis, and issues of economic revival, has missed out on the signals that reflect the impact of the pandemic on women. Today, the discourse has moved towards facilitating economic recovery and regrettably, there is no evidence that it includes women and their concerns. The state of anonymity and curtailed contact with the outside seems to have increased the apathy in society, and perhaps encouraged the indifference and marginalisation of women from the collective consciousness.

The travails of women have increased manifold. Both within their homes and outside, women struggle with gender violence, health issues and face economic exclusion. This troika is likely to become more noticeable, taking women a few steps back from the critical and minimum level of social and economic development they had witnessed in the last few years.

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The Indian Express, 25 July, 2020, https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/coronavirus-pandemic-women-jobs-health-6522126/

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