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08 Dec 21 | News

Second publication on gender inequalities in Luxembourg during the COVID-19 crisis: "Time use, childcare and home schooling"

The ‘LISER-MEGA Series on Gender Dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic’ summarises research findings and presents the views of experts on various dimensions of gender in the crisis

The outbreak of COVID-19 at the beginning of 2020 has had an impact on a multitude of areas of our daily lives: health to begin with, but also employment, public life, childcare, education, domestic tasks or even marital and family relations. In terms of gender equality, the question is how these radical changes in everyday life have affected equality between women and men.

The Luxembourg Ministry of Equality between Women and Men (MEGA) and LISER have signed a cooperative agreement to launch a project that investigates the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on gender inequalities in Luxembourg. The objective is to analyse the multiple effects of the pandemic on individual outcomes in the last year while also exploring potential changes in behaviour in the longer run.  

In this context, LISER and MEGA are releasing a series of short notes highlighting key research findings drawn from recent national and international research.  Each note focuses on a particular dimension of gender in the crisis --  reviewing key research results and presenting the views of selected national and international experts about what has occurred and what can be done now.

Publication #2

The second note is entitled “Time use, childcare and home schooling”.

Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has affected households around the globe in many dimensions. Governments’ responses to the public health crisis have almost brought economies to a halt and unemployment rates have jumped to historical highs.
Work conditions for those who remained employed changed abruptly, with many being forced to work from home. As schools and daycare centres closed, child-care needs soared. Social distancing recommendations and stay-at-home orders made it difficult, if not impossible, for informal care providers, such as grandparents or other family members, to help with child-care responsibilities. So how did parents cope?

Download the publication #2 here  

View insights from expert Dr. Lidia Farré Olalla from the University of Barcelona

Note: publication #1 can be downloaded here