COVID-19 and reconfigurations in the labor market and the home: effects on domestic violence against women in Peru

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When the coronavirus epidemic began to spread globally, it was called the "great equalizer", because it seemed that the disease attacked everyone equally, without distinction. Over the months it became clearer that this health crisis was actually accentuating the differences that already existed. Peru is a country that contains deep inequalities, generating precisely the conditions that make the human costs of the pandemic multiply.
As mounting evidence around the world suggests, there are good reasons to believe that women are suffering disproportionately (relative to their male counterparts) from the effects of the crisis triggered by the spread of COVID-19. For example, women are overrepresented in independent and informal economic sectors, and in business and service activities, which have so far been hit the hardest. The lower rates of female employment, and their predominance in part-time jobs, places women in a particularly fragile situation in a context such as the one in which we live. Additionally, it is plausible to assume that the labor productivity of those who kept their jobs has been affected by the work overload of helping minor children with their distance education programs. Again, it is to be expected that the effects are being greater for the times of women. On the other hand, there is an increase in domestic violence against women by their partners within the home in an environment of seclusion that may in part be related to the job changes experienced by both women and their partners.
The research that I present to IDIC proposes to study how the COVID-19 crisis is affecting workers in different industries, occupations and types of employment in a different way, and what are the impacts of this on inequalities and gender gaps between individuals within the Peruvian labor market. Based on statistical information collected by the INEI, I anticipate identifying significant heterogeneities in the vulnerabilities of different groups of individuals and 'types' of households in the face of shocks triggered by the pandemic.
Short titleCOVID-19, labor market and violence against women
StatusActive
Effective start/end date1/04/2131/03/22

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