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The essays in this collection highlight not only the gendered impacts of Covid-19, but also how we can begin to undo the damage caused by the pandemic in order to achieve a feminist recovery.

Over a year on from when this crisis began for most of the world, we know a great deal more about this virus, its impacts, and what needs to be done to mitigate them. Key to this has been the work of researchers who have generated vital data about the pandemic, including its differential impacts on women. We’ll need more of this data and evidence – and, crucially, for governments and decision-makers to act on it – as we embark on the recovery.

We’ll also need optimism and resilience. Nothing is set in stone, and with the pandemic shining a light on issues that have long been pressing concerns for women – from childcare and inflexible working arrangements, to domestic violence and the under-appreciation of female-dominated professions – there’s a chance to harness this attention and create the gender-equal world we all want to see. We just have to work for it.

If you’d like to pick up any of the themes here, or have any other thoughts, please do get in touch with the GIWL team at [email protected]

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Essays on Equality

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