UN Women - ILO Policy Tool

Assessing the gendered employment impacts of COVID-19 and supporting a gender-responsive recovery

UN Women – ILO Joint Programme Promoting Decent Employment for Women through Inclusive Growth Strategies and Investments in Care.

The gendered employment policy tool offers analytical frameworks and data suggestions to enable assessment of the gender differentiated employment effects of the COVID-19 crisis at the country level. It also identifies policy options to promote gender- responsive national employment strategies.

The tool considers interactions between the paid and the unpaid economy and is organized in several steps.

First, it provides a checklist of questions and indicators to help in mapping the gender structure of a particular economy with emphasis on pre-existing gender inequalities in labour markets

Second, it shows how to trace the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on women’s employment and working conditions relative to men, differentiating by types of risk.

Third, it discusses policy options to support gender equitable employment outcomes and distinguishes between short-term measures and medium-term measures.

Fourth, it develops an organizing principle for tailoring policy responses to specific gender employment structures and socio-economic contexts.