Ang Bayan
March 07, 2021

Number of economically insecure women climbs by 3.5 million

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The number of economically insecure women increased by 3.5 million nearly a year since the lockdown was imposed by the Duterte regime. From 16 million in 2019, this climbed to 19.54 million in 2020.

Women farmers and workers suffered the from very low farm gate prices and widespread shutdown of small business. This includes the 1,000 workers of Hanes, a garment manufacturing company in Laguna, who recently lost their jobs after the company was shutdown. Majority of its workers are women.

In other parts of the globe, there are more women than men who lost their jobs and/or chose to stay at home to attend to their families. A research in March 2021 which analyzed data from the US and India indicates that the percentage of women workers who lost their jobs during the pandemic is double than that of men. Overall, women make up 39% of global employment but account for 54% of the total job losses. This is because most of them work in economic sectors which were worst hit by the pandemic. Many of them are forced to shoulder more housework and assist their children in online classes due to school closures.

Data in the Philippines is worse where many women have long been not counted as part of the labor force. In the October 2020 labor force survey, the participation rate for women was only 45%, compared to 72.3% for men.

A research on the e-commerce sector in Asia also indicates that more female Filipino workers lost their jobs compared to their counterparts in other countries. The number of women in executive positions is lower last year compared to 2018. Less female executives lost their jobs in Thailand, Hongkong and Vietnam which implemented less rigid lockdown restrictions.

AB (2021-03-07): Number of economically insecure women climbs by 3.5 million