Can Covid-19 Act as a Motor to Promote Gender Equality in South Africa?

Annamara Rimmer

University of Cambridge

Mail: akr50@cam.ac.uk

Introduction.

There is a widespread consensus amongst development economists that progress to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be stalled if gender equality and women’s empowerment are not prioritised holistically. Unfortunately, the recent Covid-19 pandemic has proved to be a significant disruptive force, obstructing and even reversing progress in this area. This article sets out to analyse the impact Covid-19 has had on gender equality thus far, and to evaluate the potential for Covid-19 to now act as a motor for actually promoting further progress towards gender equality, with South Africa acting as our primary case study.  

Motivation.

In most recessions, such as the one after the 2008 Great Financial Crisis, job lo