Statistics show that women have been impacted by COVID-19 far greater than men. This is due to many reasons, such as women taking on more unpaid care work than men and women being more likely to have lost their jobs at a higher rate than men.

There are also many sectors where job opportunities are significantly underrepresented by women. In addition, the World Economic Forum has reported that a year on from the pandemic, the amount of time it will take to receive gender parity has increased from 99.5 years to 135.6 years.

This session will explore the keyways women have been impacted by the pandemic and what organisations can do to support women, from ensuring they are represented and included in all planning and decision making on topics such as new ways of working, child care, paid sick leave, family and emergency leave, and offer equal maternity and paternity leave and more.