The Gendered Impacts of COVID-19 on Mental Health
Social norms, inequalities, and physiological differences increase women’s mental health burden. Yet significant gaps in global mental health data prevent professionals and policymakers from properly addressing this hidden, costly issue.
COVID-19 has placed a disproportionate burden on women as unpaid work demands such as childcare and care for the sick have increased. At the same time, women hold one in three essential jobs, putting them on the front lines and at greater risk of infection. These increased responsibilities have placed significant pressure on women’s mental health.
Collecting this missing data is imperative to improving mental health policy, resource planning, and treatments that can save lives and decrease the physical and economic toll of untreated distress.
Imagine a world in which gender and cultural diversity do not prevent women and girls from receiving the care they need. In pursuit of a more equitable future, the first Gender Data Gap Challenge will focus on collecting, understanding, and using culturally specific data on women’s mental health.
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