What’s Current: Women — the majority of healthcare and service workers — bear brunt of coronavirus disruption

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  • Health experts warn the coronavirus epidemic may disproportionately affect women, who make up an estimated 70 per cent of the world’s healthcare workers. According to Politico, the social and economic disruption of the virus will impact women most, who make up the majority of service industry workers while being family caregivers.
  • People working in the sex trade in metropolitan areas, primarily women, are experiencing a decrease in clients due to coronavirus fears, but what about the day-to-day health risks prostitutes already face, simply due to the danger of working in the sex industry?
  • French feminists who say riot police taunted and attacked them at an International Women’s Day March are calling for an independent investigation into the alleged violence.
  • Five Edmundston women are working together to win city council seats. If successful, they could make history as the most women elected in Edmundston.
Meghan McCarty

Meghan McCarty is an undergraduate student and aspiring journalist living in the United States.