One outcome of the decision to lock down the SA economy in the final weeks of March is that it exposed the inequities in our society, primarily along racial lines, given the early design of this country. While these disparities are being highlighted with every passing day that our economy continues to contract, women are carrying the greater economic cost of this pandemic.

Living in a patriarchal society, we know that in our homes women carry a much greater burden. Not only do they have to continue working but also have to take on the bulk of the domestic responsibilities, including unpaid care burdens. Women have also been exposed to increased domestic violence. In a climate where we can expect dramatic increases in job losses in the months to come, it’s only going to get more difficult for them to remain competitive. ..

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