Women in marginalised groups are among the most affected by Covid-19. The pandemic has exacerbated existing health inequalities in our society, including those impacting on migrant women, women experiencing poverty and women who are homeless. The crisis has exposed the capacity and staffing weaknesses of the public health service which women rely on. Most front line health workers are female, at risk of infection, as well as to physical and psychological pressures.
Women living in crowded settings – women in direct provision, Traveller women in halting sites and women in prisons – had difficulties accessing appropriate hygiene facilities and space to self-isolate and socially distance. In many cases disabled women were without personal assistances and social care services. Some women have had to give birth without a partner present, and faced into motherhood without family or professional support.
Our advocacy work during Covid-19