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Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff and Sherpa to the G20

Gabriela Ramos said: “In an unequal world, a health crisis like the one we face today hurts women disproportionately. Women take on the majority of care work, both paid and unpaid, making up 70 per cent of the healthcare workforce globally, half of doctors and 95 per cent of long-term care workforces across the OECD. They are risking their lives, yet their pay, status, social recognition and visibility are limited. Furthermore, women are potentially over-exposed in this economic fallout as they are overrepresented in informal economy without adequate social protection. Essentially, we face two options as we respond to this crisis: we can either let these disproportionate impacts exacerbate existing inequalities, or we can make sure to embed a strong gender lens in response and recovery efforts to emerge stronger – and our choice is obvious. The post COVID-19 world will never be the same, and it is up to all of us to ensure that women fare better.”
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