Join Global Insight Summer 2022 Brown Bag Series
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While the COVID-19 pandemic has been less deadly in Africa than in other contexts, the high level of existing precarity means the consequences were still severe, especially in terms of disruptions to livelihood activities. Further, a small but growing body of literature has documented gendered differences in these consequences. This study contributes to this line of research by exploring the extent to which COVID-19 restrictions had a different effect on men’s and women’s employment, food insecurity, and business income loss in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Malawi, Nigeria, and Uganda. Surprisingly, our findings suggest that COVID-19 restrictions had similarly negative impacts on men’s and women's economic and material well-being. This may suggest that the economic precarity of families in sub-Saharan Africa meant women were not able to scale back paid work to accommodate changes in care work burdens. From this, it seems likely that women experienced a more intense double burden - continuing to maintain (or resume) income-generating activities while adapting to increased unpaid labor from having family members home instead of at work and school.