Publication of the third note on gender inequalities in Luxembourg during the Covid-19 crisis
"Gender differences in attitudes towards COVID-19 and sanitary measures"
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.
This is the third of a series of notes about gender dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic. Each note focuses on a particular dimension of gendered impacts of the crisis. It first quickly reviews relevant academic and policy research and presents the views of selected national or international experts about what happened and what can be done.
This third note is entitled: "Gender differences in attitudes towards COVID-19 and sanitary measures".
Abstract: Women and men may have differently perceived the health risks of COVID-19, and hence may have differently considered the importance of complying with sanitary measures. These measures may also have implied different constraints on women and on men. The research we review here has shown that women have been more likely to comply with these measures, and that only part of this difference in behavior is explained by differences in the perception of the COVID-19 risks.