Women-headed households are in a Covid-19 chokehold

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In July, the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS) Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey (Cram) found that about 3 million jobs were lost between February and April – 2 million of which were lost by women. Picture: iStock/ JJFarquitectos
In July, the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS) Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey (Cram) found that about 3 million jobs were lost between February and April – 2 million of which were lost by women. Picture: iStock/ JJFarquitectos

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Black women in rural areas and townships have been the hardest hit by the economic effects of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown, according to a socioeconomic impact assessment released by the South African office of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) during Women’s Month.

The assessment found that Covid-19 affected female-headed households the worst and that those households were more likely to fall into poverty than their male-headed counterparts.

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