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Jakarta Post

UN highlights women's exposure to shocks

Active role: A female vendor walks through a market in Ubud, Bali. The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) came up with the theme “Tourism and Rural Development” for this year’s World Tourism Day, which was celebrated on Sept. 28. The role of rural communities, especially women and youth, is very important in the tourist sector.(Shutterstock/Boyloso)
News Desk
Jakarta   ●   Mon, October 26 2020

A new report by UN Women reveals how COVID-19 exposes women's vulnerability to economic shocks and deepens inequality that has existed in Indonesia since before the pandemic, which is likely to reverse progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The report titled “Counting the costs of COVID-19, assessing the impact on gender and the achievement of the SDGs in Indonesia” was released on Friday. It is based on a survey sent via SMS through Indosat Ooredoo's network to randomly selected mobile users in April and July 2020.

It shows that lockdowns and other measures applied to contain the virus in Indonesia had a sizeable effect on the economy. However, women, who largely depend on income from family businesses, have seen substantial cuts -- as many as 82 percent of them noted drops in this income sour...

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