A she-cession? Exploring labour policy responses to COVID-19 and their impact on women's right to work in Europe

dc.contributor.author Altafin, Chiara
dc.contributor.author Baiker, Manuela
dc.contributor.author McCall Magan, Ríon
dc.contributor.author Mancarella, Francesca
dc.contributor.author Ferreira, Mariana
dc.date.accessioned 2022-06-30T14:25:00Z
dc.date.available 2022-06-30T14:25:00Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.description.abstract Women’s right to work in Europe has been disproportionately affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This article explores how and to what extent certain European countries have developed labour policy responses reflecting a feminist human rights preparedness during the pandemic’s first two years. The impacts of the policies on women’s right to work in Italy, Portugal, Ireland and Germany are examined under critical policy analysis (CPA) methodology and from a human rights-based approach. Ultimately, it is argued that these states failed to immediately address the disproportionately gendered impacts in the labour market. Across all case studies, the analysis identifies a shortfall in protection for certain categories of women which has challenged the fulfilment of their right to work and left them in a state of ‘she-cession’. As a result, previous structures and tendencies defining the roles of women in society have been reinforced. In light of such unpreparedness, policy recommendations are elaborated upon from a feminist human rights perspective, in which attention is given to: intersectionality; dynamics of social hierarchies and power structures affecting access to rights; equal participation in policy decision-making; availability of data on the impact of states’ ongoing responses; and engagement with relevant stakeholders to monitor and ensure women’s enjoyment of the right to work.
dc.description.sponsorship European Commission - Operating grant - Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument - Global Europe Instrument (NDICI)
dc.identifier.citation Chiara Altafin, Manuela Baiker, Ríon McCall Magan, Francesca Mancarella and Mariana Ferreira. “A she-cession? Exploring labour policy responses to COVID-19 and their impact on women’s right to work in Europe.” (2021) 5 Global Campus Human Rights Journal 35-62 http://dx.doi.org/10.25330/1359
dc.identifier.uri https://repository.gchumanrights.org/handle/20.500.11825/2459
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.25330/1359
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Global Campus Human Rights
dc.relation.ispartofseries Global Campus Human Rights Journal; 5.1
dc.subject COVID-19 pandemic
dc.subject women
dc.subject right to work
dc.subject labour
dc.subject Europe
dc.subject Italy
dc.subject Portugal
dc.subject Ireland
dc.subject Germany
dc.title A she-cession? Exploring labour policy responses to COVID-19 and their impact on women's right to work in Europe
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