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Why COVID-19 is a backwards step for gender equality - and what to do about it

Women are set to shoulder the worst of the pandemic's effects. Image: REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Stefania Fabrizio

Deputy Division Chief, International Monetary Fund

Vivian Malta

Economist, IMF

Marina M. Tavares

Economist, International Monetary Fund

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Figure 1: Trends in female labour force participation. Image: Vox EU/World Bank, World Development Indicators, authors’ calculations
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Figure 2: Share of employment by sector (percent). Image: Vox EU/ILO and authors’ calculations
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