While Australia recovers from the health impacts of the pandemic, the economic effects will be felt for many years to come. The future looks particularly stark for women, who are more likely to feel the financial stress of the COVID-19 crisis than men.
Earlier this year, the Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, Libby Lyons, said: “More Australian women than men have lost their jobs since COVID-19 struck.”
“A number of female-dominated industries have suffered the worst of the job losses. All the evidence we have suggests that COVID 19 is seriously jeopardising women’s long-term economic and financial security and workforce participation.”
Work, love and life during the pandemic
To help women navigate the recession, Future Women has launched a new webinar and book series, with the support of the Judith Neilson Institute.
Its nine-part ‘Future Proof’ webinar series aims to provide women with the practical skills and inspiration to help them manage their finances during the recession. The series will be delivered by expert speakers and will be curated and managed by the Future Women team.
Future Women will also produce a book, which will be released in 2021. Three female journalists will be employed to research and write the book. The book will examine how the pandemic has affected women’s work and finances, romantic and personal relationships, and their physical and mental health.
Judith Neilson Institute Executive Director Mark Ryan said both projects were a great opportunity for talented journalists to produce quality and meaningful work at a time when newsrooms generally were challenged.
“Future Women is a good example of the new platforms that are emerging, producing quality content for a discerning audience,” he said.