August 4, 2021

women pay the heaviest price in the crisis

“I just forgot to live”, she confides, half-word. When watching the film of the last few months, Fatima Montagu feels like she behaved “Like a robot programmed to operate twentyfour hours a dayfour, juggling professional and personal life, with the constant fear of missing a video appointment ”, tells this charge d’affaires in a large company, mother of three children.

Audrey Guillet, she lived the announcement of the second confinement as “An emotional shock”. “At the idea of ​​reliving teleworking with two young children, of doing everything head-on when I had just created my business, I fell in love. “

For Julie Mourier, it is the wait that has become unbearable. The hotel-restaurant on the Côte d’Azur where she worked, at the reception, put her on short-time work in April 2020 and has not yet called her back. “They want to be sure that business really picks up. ” Meanwhile, she anguishes in the studio she shares with her sister: “What if a new wave arrives in the fall?” What if it would be better to change jobs right away? “

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More than a year after the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, many women like them, in France and elsewhere, confide their exhaustion. The difficulties they still face, especially when they have children. The concerns that undermine them. Because they are over-represented in precarious jobs and sectors in difficulty, such as tourism, because teleworking has upset the balance between family and professional life, they are more affected by the crisis than men in many ways.

A very contrasting picture according to the States

In recent months, major international organizations have regularly sounded the alarm on the subject. “In the world of work, women who have young children were the first victims of confinements”, underlines the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in a study published at the end of April. “The Covid19 is a fit with a female face, Antonio declared Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, on March 15. Its repercussions have shown how deeply entrenched gender inequality remains in political, social and economic systems. “

“This crisis is very different from previous recessions because it mainly affects services, where women are more numerous”, summarizes Matthias Doepke, economist at Northwestern University.

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