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Lessons from pandemic: Call to integrate gender inclusion into support measures

  • Namira Puspandari and Amy Oloo

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Sat, July 4 2020   /  01:00 am
East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa (left) and Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini (right) speak at a press conference on large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) on April 19, 2020.(Antara/Moch Asim)

It was only in March that the government imposed health restrictions to tackle the spread of COVID-19. The economy started to crumble and directly impacted business performance and resilience. As a result, many people were left jobless.  The government responded by introducing the preemployment card program. In the midst of the severe criticism and controversy surrounding the program, people have questioned whether the measures provided adequately protect the most vulnerable groups from the long-term effects of COVID-19. This pandemic should be looked at from a broader context. It’s not merely a public health and economic crisis, the question of the protection of human rights must now be central to the discourse, particularly the right to work and the right to be protected against unemployment.  Women continue to be among the most affected by the crisis, with mas...