Launch of policy brief on COVID-19 and the World of WorkTirus Wainaina
“The world of work cannot and should not look the same after this crisis”
The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world of work upside down.
Every worker, every business and every corner of the globe has been affected.
Hundreds of millions of jobs have been lost.
Those toiling in the informal economy — often without rights at work and social protection — are projected to have suffered a 60 percent decline in earnings in the first month of the crisis alone.
This crisis in the world of work is adding fuel to an already burning fire of discontent and anxiety.
Women have been especially hard hit — working in many of the most critically affected sectors, while also carrying the greatest burden of increasing levels of unpaid care work.
Young people, persons with disabilities, and so many others are facing tremendous difficulties.
Many small and medium-sized enterprises – the engine of the global economy – may not survive. This crisis in the world of work is adding fuel to an already burning fire of discontent and anxiety.