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Society grappling with the COVID-19 virus the associated health crisis and issues of economic revival has missed out on the signals that reflect the impact of the pandemic on women. Comment.

Topic: Role of women and women’s organization.

2. Society, grappling with the COVID-19 virus, the associated health crisis, and issues of economic revival, has missed out on the signals that reflect the impact of the pandemic on women. Comment. (250 words)

Reference: Indian Express Indian Express 

Why this question?

The travails of women have increased manifold. Both within their homes and outside, women struggle with gender violence, health issues and face economic exclusion. Although the discourse has moved towards facilitating economic recovery and regrettably, there is no evidence that it includes women and their concerns.

Key demand of the question:

One must discuss about the travails of the women during the pandemic both at home as well as outside. Provide measures to overcome the same and empower the women.

Directive Word:

Comment– here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion there upon. 

Structure of Answer:

Introduction:

write a few lines about the situation of women. 

  • The state of anonymity and curtailed contact with the outside seems to have increased the apathy in society, and perhaps encouraged the indifference and marginalisation of women from the collective consciousness.

Body:

Discuss the various challenges that women are facing during the pandemic.

  • The lockdown has curtailed employment opportunities and confined male members to their homes, a combination that is frustrating for men and potentially dangerous for women.
  • There are insufficient reports of community support or social interventions even while women are bereft of dignity and safety.
  • Equally evident are concerns around the health of women, especially of those who rely on community services and the official health machinery.
  • The pandemic has aggravated the trend of declining female participation in the labour force

Provide the various measures that are needed to overcome the challenges.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a balanced way forward.