RIWAC Research Institute for Women and Careers JAPAN WOMEN'S UNIVERSITY


[Report] Symposium “Reconsider female works in Coronavirus crisis”

March, 13, 2021

We held the symposium “Reconsider female works in Coronavirus crisis”.   Coronavirus crisis caused especially female workers a big effect. Wide-ranging panelists discussed inequality of equal employment opportunity of men and women in remote work, the crisis of female employment opportunity, problems and their countermeasures in Coronavirus crisis.

First, Prof. Kazuo Yamaguchi, the University of Chicago, delivered his presentation titled “Forwarding remote work and gender inequality under the effect of Covid-19” and introduced the results of the analysis about Covid-19 research data. He reported that the situation of gender inequality growing into serious problems varied according to the type of business and number of employees in Covid-19 crisis.

Next, Research director Yanfei Zhou, The Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training, delivered her presentation titled “Covid-19 and female employment crisis” and explained that there was the situation where female were more likely to be seriously affected than male such as terminated employment through the effect of employment opportunity in Covid-19 was concentrated in people in weak position from the wealth research data analysis. As the based research result, she stated a finding from “NHK and JILPT cooperative survey about Covid-19 and employment/livelihood”.

Then, Executive committee member Kumie Inoue, JTUC-RENGO, Japanese Trade Union Confederation, delivered her presentation titled “Female Influence and problems in Covid-19” and reported gender inequality in Covid-19 crisis introducing the results of the three researches conducted by JTUC-RENGO, “Attitude survey 2020 about a role in a family such as male childcare”, “Remote work survey 2020”, “Employment survey in Covid-19 crisis 2020”

Finally, the discussion was held by the above three panelists and Prof. Machiko Osawa, the director of RIWAC, as a coordinator. The center of the discussion was a solution of female work and they considered a more concrete solution organizing the panelist opinions. Due to the restriction against Coronavirus infection, only our students and faculty members were allowed to visit, and other people were invited to participate in the webinar. A total of about 120 people participated. We hope that Covid-19 crisis will be resolved as soon as possible.