Sat. Feb 27th, 2021

The novel coronavirus pandemic will widen the poverty gap between women and men, pushing 47 million more women and girls into impoverished lives by next year, and undoing progress made in recent decades, according to the United Nations. More women than men will fall into extreme poverty due to the pandemic as they bear the economic brunt of COVID-19 and face bigger job losses.┬áBy 2021, for every 100 men aged 25 to 34 living in extreme poverty, there will be 118 women – a gap expected to increase to 121 women per 100 men by 2030.

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