Women have been disproportionately affected by job losses during the coronavirus pandemic, according to figures reported by the Washington Post, and the domestic burden has also hit women hardest, with global figures showing that mothers are more likely to take on the lion’s share of home schooling and childcare while working from home.
“The pandemic has created some very specific challenges that might otherwise not be present for women,” says Dr Rose Logan, clinical psychologist at The LightHouse Arabia.
Dr Logan has been running an online support groups for pregnant women and mothers and she says they have all been characterised by a theme of loss – whether it’s job loss, or loss of other choices and opportunities in their lives. “I think for some women this has precipitated or worsened mental health concerns. I would say loss is almost the overarching theme.”
Against this bleak backdrop, businesses in the