The impact of COVID-19 on women in the workplace

11 Mar 2021

“The impacts of COVID-19 have not been gender neutral. The pandemic disadvantaged Australian women more than men through higher rates of under- and unemployment, less job security, greater household and family demands, increased carer roles and increased risk of domestic violence” writes Dr Rebecca Wood in the February 2021 edition of the AMAWA Medicus Journal.

“The government has largely overlooked measures that support women in the workplace. These include affordable training, affordable early childhood care and education, adequate paid parental leave, equal access to parental leave for non-birthing partners, and supportive flexible working environments for parents.’

Read more of Dr Rebecca Wood’s, AMACDT Deputy Co-Chair, opinion piece about the impacts of COVID-19 on women in the workforce in the AMAWA Medicus Journal here.

Dr Helen McArdle, Chair of the AMA Equity Inclusion and Diversity Committee also discusses the impact on women from the COVID-19 pandemic here. The AMA has called on the Commonwealth Government to recognise the disproportionate and negative impact of COVID-19 on women in workforce and ensure that strategies to achieve gender equity are at the centre of national COVID-19 recovery plans.