As international data shows, women in comparison to men lose more jobs, more social protection and more services.
First, women and men play different roles in the economy and in the home, and therefore are affected differently by economic and social policies.
Second, austerity policies reflect a particular kind of masculinised free market thinking that prioritises the health of ‘the economy’ over and above social wellbeing and, perhaps not unwittingly, serves the interests of high-income elites.
because the outcomes of policies are unequal and tend to disadvantage women disproportionately, but also because the economic thinking that underpins austerity is profoundly gendered.
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