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GENDER DISPARITIES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

GENDER DISPARITIES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
During the last few months, most of us have tried to adapt to the new reality. The reality that we are facing a disease for which we still do not have a cure and that is not only affecting our physical health, but that it is further affecting our emotional, mental, and above all social health. Obviously, during this crisis, the main objective is to stay healthy and not get infected with the virus. Therefore, our authorities worldwide have raised a number of prevention such as curfews, lock-downs, the use of masks and gloves, etc. All of this helps us to stay physically healthy.

Now, lets talk about the implications that these measures have on the development and progress that females have had in recent decades. Females have been and continue to be discriminated against at different angles of society. To this day we continue to fight to obtain the equality we deserve in society. Every day is a new fight to achieve that goal and we have managed to occupy many places where we can make a difference. With the pandemic, many women have to stay at home, take care of their children, parents, and work. Many women had to downside their jobs because of the lack of childcare support. So the question is, how can we maintain our position as women in society and not allow this pandemic to slow us down in this fight for equality?

The article "Sex and Gender Disparities in the COVID-19 Pandemic", outlines that The public health community must ensure that existing health and social services meant to support women in the face of their unique needs do not disappear, and that  the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention needs to analyze policies related to COVID-19 using a gender lens. https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1089/jwh.2020.8472

This pandemic has given us the opportunity to see more clearly many faults in our society that must be fixed. It is our duty as caregivers, mothers, and professionals to keep raising our voices and keep moving forward regardless of the obstacles. At the end of the day, it's what we've always done.

What is your position during this pandemic? How do you think we should make a difference in our countries to keep moving forward to reach a society where sex and gender disparities is no longer a reality? More importantly, how do we encourage our young girls to follow our paths and become strong leaders in the future?

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02-Aug-2020

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Yes unfortunately this is another sad reality of the consequences of COVID-19. Council of Foreign Relations states that

"Governments worldwide have imposed lockdowns to contain the coronavirus, but those same restrictions have increased the risks associated with domestic violence, especially for women, children, and LGBTQ  individuals."

"Unless governments provide sufficient guidance, resources, and training to local authorities, people will continue to be at greater risk of domestic violence."
 

02-Aug-2020

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Love Emma Watson, she is my hero!

https://vimeo.com/174213067

02-Aug-2020

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Hi Mayra,
Gender inequities has a long and harsh historical past. In my opinion,  we have made progress in surfacing issues of gender disparities which is the start in propelling change. Action from both women and men are important to close disparity gaps. It has to be a collaborative effort for impactful change.

Regarding young girls. We are their role models. They are watching and learning. Be the women you want your daughter to be!

01-Aug-2020

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I agree that being a role model does not mean that you have to be perfect. Perfection is not a realistic characteristic of any human being.  I am not even sure why you are mentioning past experiences? You took my statement out of context. As women we are teaching our daughters or any young girls  you are close to how to live their life by how we live our life.  That is a role model. Lead by example.

02-Aug-2020

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Hello,

I think that as you mentioned, men and women have to work together to move toward gender equality.  Being a role model doesn't mean that we are perfect all the time, it means that we have accepted the fact that we are not and transmit that message to our girls. A good leader is made out of experiences and sometimes as leader we make mistakes. We use these mistakes as learning experiences to become better and stronger people. Someone's past doesn't determine their future as long as they work hard to become better human being and better leaders. We don't want our young girls to be like us, we want them to be better, stronger, fearless, selfless, respectful, and compassionate towards those in needs. We can only teach them these important qualities and they will do the rest.  

01-Aug-2020

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Nice article Mayra.  I agree with you, in most cases, women are the most affected by the virus because they are generally the ones who take care of the home, feed the children, etc.

28-Jul-2020

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Hello,

In your opinion, do you think that having to deal with family responsibilities is a limitation for women to become better leaders in the society? What is the experience in your country?  

01-Aug-2020

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Gracias por tu comentario Virginia. Desde su punto de vista como joven dominicana, ¿cuáles son los obstáculos que ves en el futuro inmediato a los que debemos prestar atención y así poder encontrar soluciones que ayuden a fortalecer nuestra posición en la sociedad y abrir el camino para las mujeres jóvenes del futuro?

31-Jul-2020

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Creo que es un buen momento para que la mujer pueda tomar lugares importantes, con la debida preparación y sino prepararse, los tiempos seguirán poniéndose más y más difíciles y a su vez será imperativo estar al frente de nuestras familias, empresas, en esta pandemia muchas mujeres han desarrollado el emprendedurismo pocisionandose como ejes importantes y productivos y debemos seguir así , tirando pa' lante con fuerza , con voluntad y por supuesto con la guía de Dios.

29-Jul-2020

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Excelente aportación sobre este tema que  tiene a la mayoría de nosotras que no sabemos que va a pasar mañana desde nuestra  posición como mujer .
Por ahora como todo el Mundo estamos trabajando desde casa - online para seguir siendo un apoyo en nuestro hogares, claro aparte de cumplir con nuestras funciones en nuestros hogares y así poder lugar una sociedad más justa , seguiremos luchando para sacar a nuestras familias, siempre protegiéndonos y tomando todas las medidas, Asi adaptándonos a la situación que nos a puesto covid  pero nunca dejando de luchar para seguir adelante .....
Gracias por tu aportación y muchísimas bendiciones

29-Jul-2020

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Estoy muy de acuerdo , estamos luchando por la sociedad justa , creo que somos nosotros ismos que tenemosque frenar el virus , usando nuestras mascarillas y saliendo solo a lo necesario

29-Jul-2020

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