26 percent of women lost employment due to COVID-19: study

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has revealed that over 26 percent of women working in the private sector lost their means of earning due to COVID-19.

A study conducted by NBC in collaboration with UN Women showed that a large number of women who lost employment due to COVID-19 are having difficulties in paying rent and handling other expenses. The study highlighted that women having to remain at home due to lack of employment after lockdown was lifted is problematic.

The study further showed that women spent a majority of their time during the lockdown on cooking. While 30 percent of women spent their time on cooking, 26 percent were occupied with cleaning and other household chores.The study also showed that young girls spent their free time after completing school tasks on helping their family members.

Women faced challenges in seeking medical care due to the lockdown imposed as a precautionary measure against COVID-19, the study further shows. 71 percent of women had trouble receiving medical treatment and obtaining hygiene products. 61 percent of women suffered physical and mental health issues due to the lockdown.