Policy Brief

Building Forward Fairer: Women’s rights to work and at work at the core of the COVID-19 recovery

This policy brief provides an outlook of where women stand in the labour market after more than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic.

This policy brief confirms that women’s employment has been negatively impacted in terms of both quantity and quality, although with substantial regional variations.

It provides a snapshot of new and continuing measures that governments have adopted to mitigate the employment and income effects of the pandemic, while warning that they are already leaving women behind.

Finally, it calls for gender-responsive policies, in order to make women’s right to work and their labour rights a central feature of the COVID-19 recovery.