The Covid-19 pandemic has touched everyone in some way, but many of its impacts have been disproportionately felt by women: Job losses and care burdens, for example, have fallen on women relatively more than men (e.g., Alon et al. 2020, Deshpande 2020). Two years after the pandemic began, and as countries increasingly move toward recovery, what do we know about how women’s economic engagement has changed? And what policies can help ensure post-pandemic recoveries are gender inclusive?
The team at Yale Inclusion Economics (YIE) is grappling with these challenging questions. Our ongoing engagements and research focused on women’s economic activities in South Asia suggest the challenges will be significant, prolonged, and derive from multiple economic and social factors. Yet our work also suggests that well-designed policy can alter women’s opportunity set and build more gender-inclusive societies and economies (Field et al. 20213).
In March 2023, YIE will partner with the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) to hold a two-day conference in Tokyo to understand what the latest research says about the pandemic and gender equality, focusing on women’s economic activities and policies to promote more gender-equitable recoveries. The conference will facilitate sharing of new research and discussion and dialogue between researchers and policy decision makers on potential policy responses to identified challenges.
Schedule and speakers will be announced in 2023.