The coronavirus is having a huge impact on all our lives. Yet, so far, women and girls in the UK have been largely invisible from the debate and excluded from decision-making.

Hundreds of billions of pounds of taxpayers' money are being spent without considering the specific challenges women are facing. Fawcett is working in partnership with other feminist organisations, and with you, to ensure women aren’t left behind or ignored.

Read on to find out more about the problems women are facing, what we're doing and how you can get involved.

The impact on women

Existing gender inequality means that the challenges caused by the outbreak are affecting men and women differently.

  • With schools and nurseries now closed, it will be women who are taking on most of the unpaid care work, reducing their hours or giving up paid work, turning the clock back on gender equality.
  • Many women are on the frontline, delivering essential services, usually the lowest paid or in insecure work.
  • Many women will be trapped in their homes, self-isolating with an abusive partner.
  • It's women who are also more likely to care for older or disabled relatives and neighbours.

We are working to ensure that women and girls in all their diversity are seen and heard, and that policymakers act.

What we're doing

Now, and throughout this crisis, we will be conducting vital research on the impacts of coronavirus on women, hosting discussion and debate, bringing people together and campaigning for change.

Read below to find out more and get involved.

Our research 

We are working in partnership with other feminist organisations, academic experts, and you to publish research on the gendered impact of the outbreak. Read more about the research we've published so far.

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Our joint call for immediate action from the UK Government

We've united with over 60 charities across the sector to call for urgent action from the UK Government to support women and girls in all our diversity during the Coronavirus outbreak. #MakeWomenVisible 

Read our full list of asks. 

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Watch our CEO, Sam Smethers, in conversation with industry experts about how Coronavirus is affecting women and girls in the UK and what we can do.

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