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Parliamentary questions
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6 April 2020
Question for written answer E-002125/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
Robert Biedroń (S&D)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Impact of Covid-19 on the situation of women in the labour market

Women have been on the front line of the coronavirus epidemic, which is intensifying in Europe and around the world.

In Europe, women are more likely than men to be in occupations where there is a high risk of Covid-19 infection. An example is the health and social work sector, where 80% of workers are women. In addition, they are more vulnerable to the negative economic impact of the crisis, which is partly due to the fact that 30% of women in the EU (compared to 8% of men) work part-time and are more likely to interrupt their work to care for children or other family members.

I welcome the Commission’s proposals thus far for mitigating the impact of the crisis. These include a EUR 37 billion package for public investment and a temporary support instrument to mitigate unemployment risks in an emergency (SURE).

In this connection, could the Commission state:

1. Whether the gender criterion will be taken into account in the implementation of the above-mentioned measures. And if so, how?

2. Whether it is considering presenting a support package for women to help them through the crisis and to facilitate their return to the labour market when the pandemic is over.

Original language of question: PL
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