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Women are the most affected by the increase in unemployment, poverty, and unpaid care work, the United Nations warned.
The United Nations Women Regional Director for the Americas and the Caribbean Maria-Noel Vaeza warned that the number of women suffering from violence and poverty in the region increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The pandemic produced "a 10-year setback" in the female labor participation rate, which experienced a historic drop of 5.4 percent in 2020. At least 23 million out of 118 million women entered the poverty threshold last year.
The Regional Office of the International Labor Organization (ILO) pointed out that the pandemic's negative impact on women was because they have more presence in heavily affected sectors such as services and commerce.
Regarding domestic work, which accounts for between 10.5 percent and 14.3 percent of women's jobs in the region, over 70 percent of female workers were affected by the quarantine measures.
"We can see that the consequences for women have been disproportionately negative... women are the most affected by the increase in unemployment, poverty and the overload of unpaid care work," Vaeza said.
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