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The government’s botched response to Covid-19 will set women back decades—and shows the need for more female leaders

They're more likely to lose their jobs. They've shouldered the brunt of lockdown-era childcare and housework. So why have women and their interests been conspicuously absent from the government's response?

By Zainab Asunramu  

A nurse places candles bearing the names of health and social care workers that have died from coronavirus during a vigil outside Downing Street, London. Picture date: Thursday June 11, 2020.

From growing cases of domestic abuse to rising job insecurity, women have borne the brunt of Covid-19’s many ravages. But there has been a dearth of women at the government’s daily Covid-19 briefings. The lack of expertise informing governmental decisions has exacerbated the unequal burden that women already face daily.

Lack of meaningful representation for women and other marginalised groups…

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