Women and Men in time of pandemics. Work, income and living conditions

Period
10 meses
Abstract

The project aims to identify the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on the situation of women in the labor market, as well as on their income, working and living conditions.
Economic crises tend to have more serious effects for women than for men. In the current crisis deleterious effects for women are likely to be enhanced, as many of the most affected sectors are those that require close contact between people, that is, precisely those concentrating female employment (health, social protection, education, domestic work, retail, hotel, restaurant and catering, wellness and beauty treatment). In addition, in a situation of reduced income and reduced support services, it is mainly women that bear the additional burden of domestic and family work, thus reducing their availability for a professional career.

The project adopts a mixed methodology: quantitative (database, using a questionnaire survey) and qualitative (interviews). The survey applies to a representative sample of female employment. The interviews will be applied to women working in the most significant employing sectors and to women in especially vulnerable social and family situations (single parenting, special needs, mothers of children under 12, ethnic minorities, etc.).

The knowledge of the impacts of the crisis on the living and working conditions of women and their families will make possible to design policy measures to mitigate and compensate for the negative impacts diagnosed. An anonymized database, obtained through the survey, will be built and made available to the scientific community. The results of the project will be made available to the various stakeholders and the community, in general, through informative summaries and other online content, presentations at conferences and scientific articles and a policy brief.

Researchers
Cristina Coimbra Vieira
Fernanda Lyrio Heinzelmann
Lina Coelho (coord)
Luís Moura Ramos
Mónica Lopes
Raquel Ribeiro
Keywords
labor market, women, covid-19, living conditions, gender inequalities
Funding Entity
Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology