Journal article

Reordering gender systems: can COVID-19 lead to improved gender equality and health?

Tania King, Belinda Hewitt, Bradley Crammond, Georgina Sutherland, Humaira Maheen, Anne Kavanagh

Lancet | Lancet | Published : 2020

Abstract

COVID-19 has delivered a shock to existing gender systems that could recalibrate gender roles, with beneficial effects on population health. The economic arrangements, policy frameworks, and market forces that determine the distribution of paid and unpaid labour across society are powerful structural determinants of health.1 The way that paid and unpaid labour is inequitably divided between men and women is central to the perpetuation of gender inequalities across the globe, and the ways that such divisions can be shifted or disrupted offer critical opportunities to modify the gender-differentiated effects of COVID-19 on health.