Acting for gender equality: Evidence, gaps and prospects for real change in economic policy

Addabbo T., Günlük-Şenesen G. G. , O'hagan A.

Politica economica, vol.36, no.3, pp.277-294, 2020 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 36 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1429/100367
  • Journal Name: Politica economica
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index, Scopus, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, EconLit, DIALNET
  • Page Numbers: pp.277-294


Gender inequality in the access to the labour market and income distribution
has increased as a consequence of the economic impacts of the global pandemic due to the
higher presence of women employed in the economic sectors most vulnerable to lockdown
and shutdown and with the least opportunity to continue to work remotely or from home.
The risk of receiving lower income protection is higher for women due to their more discontinuous
working profile and their higher presence in precarious jobs. Gender distribution of
unpaid care and domestic work load is persistently unequal. Blindness on the gender impact
of public policies designed in the emergence of first wave of the pandemic had the effect of
deepening pre-existing gender inequalities showing that integration of gender analysis dissipates
as the policy process develops leading to the evaporation of gender equality in economic
policy making. Actions acknowledging the roots of gender inequalities together with the implementation
of gender mainstreaming at all levels of economic policies are needed to revert
this trend and to lead to a more gender equal society.