Women account for two-thirds of the total job losses in South Africa, between February and April this year. According to the Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey published by the National Income Dynamic Study (NIDS-CRAM), 2 million women were left unemployed.
What makes this even more worrying is that in 2019, research conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the South African Race Relations Institute (SARRI) found that 60% of South African children have absent fathers and more than 40% of South African mothers are single parents, compared with 25% in the US and a developed world average of just 15%. Unemployment among women has a significant impact on families’ ability to access healthy food.
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