Gender Impact Analysis: Women workers and COVID-19

Wed 13 May 2020

– Saunoamaali’i Kararina Sumeo (Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner,
Human Rights Commission)
– Traci Houpapa (MNZM JP CFInstD. NACEW, and Federation of Māori Authorities)
– Andrea Black (Policy Director and Economist, NZCTU)
– Rebecca Barnes-Clarke (Policy Director, Economics and International, Ministry for Women)
Chair: Professor Jennifer Curtin (Director, Public Policy Institute)

The havoc wrought by the COVID19 pandemic, both immediately, and into the future, is likely to produce a diverse range of impacts across sectors, communities and families in Aotearoa New Zealand. While disaggregated data on those infected and affected remains sparse, international scholars suggest existing inequalities will be exacerbated including the structural inequalities between diverse groups of women and men. In the first of our series of Policy Forums we explore the gendered impacts of COVID19 on women workers across different sectors, including frontline health workers, and examine the gendered effects of the government’s pre-Budget 2020 policy responses. There have been extensive calls for increased investment in infrastructure, green technologies, and construction. But no policy proposal is gender neutral, so what will the new investment preferences mean for women workers?

Our Policy Forum Series of Seminars is brought to you by the Public Policy Institute (PPI) and the Gender Responsive Analysis and Budgeting (GRABNZ) project.