h digitalfootprint web 728x90

Women more likely to feel mental health effects of COVID-19

Women in the United States have spent the last six months running themselves ragged. Between working from home, juggling online school schedules, supervising e-learning and figuring out child care amid a pandemic, women are — to put it simply — stressed out, and it’s taking a toll on their mental health.

A new study confirms this.

The study, conducted by CARE, a global anti-poverty organization that focuses on social justice, surveyed more than 6,200 women and 4,000 men in 38 countries about how the novel coronavirus has affected their lives and priorities.

The report is billed as the first comprehensive report to focus on women around the world and their experiences during the pandemic.

According to the report, women across the globe are nearly three times as likely than men — 27% of women compared with only 10% of men — to feel the mental health effects of the coronavirus pandemic, mostly due to concerns about their livelihood and caregiving.

If that’s not enough, women were also more likely than men to report challenges across a range of areas including income loss and food security.

The common threads across the globe, despite geography, race and socioeconomic status, were striking in their similarity, Emily Janoch, CARE’s director of knowledge management and the author of the report, told the Lily.

“We’re seeing many of the same challenges and many of the same factors for women in high-income countries and in middle-income countries that we’re seeing in very poor places. The fact that there is so much commonality really tells us there’s something critical there about the systems and the way they are not responding,” Janoch said.

Other key findings from the report include:

  • Women are almost twice as likely as men to report challenges to accessing health services, including family planning.
  • More than half — 55% — of women said they have lost income because of the pandemic, compared with 34% of men.

Read the full report online.

Facebook Notice for EU! You need to login to view and post FB Comments!

americanequity web 020123 300x250