The Member of the Senedd for the Rhondda has said more needs to be done to create an equal society in Wales after a report showed coronavirus has disproportionally affected certain people.
Women, BAME people, young people, the disabled and those on low incomes have all taken a bigger hit from the corona pandemic according the latest State of the Nation report from Chwarae Teg.
Although the report has shown the gender pay gap narrowing from 14.5% to 11.6%, it shows women are also twice as likely as men to be key workers in Wales and feel the effect of sector shutdowns and business closures. The report also found unemployment is falling more heavily on women with them 5% more likely to have lost their jobs due to Covid-19 when compared with men.
The report also found that unpaid work is more likely to impact women with childcare and home schooling duties usually falling upon them. This was borne out in the report’s figures showing women remain four times more likely to be economically inactive due to due to unpaid domestic duties than men, at 26% compared to 6.5%.
Leanne Wood MS, who is the party’s spokesperson for Justice and Equality, said coronavirus had already exacerbated deep inequalities in society. “This excellent report lays bare the deep inequality we still face in Wales in 2021,” said Leanne. “The unequal treatment people face based on gender, skin colour, age, background or disability should have been consigned to the dustbin of history by now. Unfortunately, coronavirus has set back the fight for inequality even further than it was.
“Everyone in power, particularly the Labour Government, must re-double efforts to address this imbalance. Every child growing up in Wales deserves to have an equal chance in life but this is not the case as things stand.
“It is three years since the Labour Government announced its laudable intention to make Wales a world leader in gender equality but, as with many of their targets, the outcomes have not matched the fine words. This is not good enough and efforts must be redoubled.”
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