The Ms. Q&A: UN Women’s Anita Bhatia on How Coronavirus Impacts Women Around the World

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“Women are carrying the world on their shoulders, in a way.”

—Assistant-Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women Anita Bhatia

Across the globe, women make up the majority of the workers on the frontline of the coronavirus. As the pandemic continues to spread, they are becoming increasingly exposed to the coronavirus at high rates—while lacking protections ensuring their safety.

And, as the rest of the workforce continues to be sent home in isolation, women are stereotypically expected to care for their families—but without the essential daily wages they need to maintain financial stability for themselves and their families. 

United Nations Women is a UN entity working for the empowerment of women. Assistant-Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Anita Bhatia, addressed these concerns, as well as others that arise when…

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