There is a lot of discussion these days about how the novel coronavirus is dividing out between the sexes. Men are dying from the virus at a much higher rate. Yet women represent 70% of global health workers, and are at greater risk of contracting this disease while working on the front lines. How are we as a society managing these gender differences during this COVID19 crisis? Is the burden of elderly and childcare being shared equally between men and women? And what is the impact on the domestic workers here in Hong Kong?
Dr Karen Grépin, The School of Public Health,The University of Hong Kong
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Further Listening and Reading
- Fight COVID19 with HKU website
- Dr. Grepin Research on the Ebola Crisis
- Interview with Johns Hopkins Professor about why men dying higher rate than women
- Feminism and Women’s Rights in the Atlantic Monthly
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