The new crown epidemic has not only caused millions of women to lose their jobs, but also forced the closure of many childcare places and schools, but also impacted female employment. According to the latest report issued by Oxfam International, the epidemic caused a loss of at least US$800 billion in income for women worldwide last year, which is more than the combined GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of 98 countries.
CNN reported on the 28th that Oxfam International stated that this is still a “conservative estimate.” Globally, women lost more than 64 million jobs last year, accounting for 5% of all female jobs, compared with only 3.9% of men.
Gabriela Buch, Executive Director of Oxfam International, said: “The economic consequences of the new crown epidemic have had a more serious impact on women. Most of them are engaged in low wages, low benefits, and the most unstable jobs.” “However, the government did not correct this mistake, but believed that women’s jobs were dispensable, which resulted in the loss of at least US$800 billion for officially employed women.”
In fact, before the outbreak, there were serious inequalities in women’s wages and employment, and the impact of the epidemic has further widened the gender income gap.
“Brexit has drawn a painful end!” According to a report by German TV on the 29th, the European Parliament approved the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and the UK at the end of last year on the 28th. The agreement was awarded by the EU Council on the 29th. It will be approved and will be formally implemented on May 1. The President of the European Commission von der Lein said that the agreement is the foundation of a strong and close partnership between the EU and the UK.
Of the 697 members of the European Parliament, 660 voted in favor, 5 voted against, and 32 abstained. The European Parliament said in a statement that Brexit is a “historical error”, but this agreement can minimize the negative impact of Brexit. Macalister, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, said that in the future EU-UK trade will certainly not be completely frictionless, and the consequences of Britain’s “Brexit” will affect the next few years or even decades.
“The agreement protects European citizens and their rights. This will help prevent significant losses to employees, travelers and fishermen.” Von Delane said that the agreement protects the single market, ensures fair competition, and protects social rights, labor rights, and The environment, tax transparency and public support provide a high level of protection. But she also warned that reliable enforcement is of the utmost importance. The EU has an arbitration mechanism and can choose to unilaterally impose sanctions on the United Kingdom when necessary. Michelle, President of the European Council, also stated that Britain will always be an important friend and partner of the European Union. This marked an important step forward in EU-UK relations and opened a new era. British Prime Minister Johnson praised this as the “last step of a long journey”, which will bring stability to the new relationship between Britain and Europe as important trading partners, close allies, and equal sovereignty. He said: “Now is the time to look to the future and build a more globalized Britain.”
German TV said that Britain’s decision to end its 47-year EU membership is a kind of harm to both parties. The latest data from Eurostat shows that due to factors such as Brexit, EU exports to the UK fell by 20.2% year-on-year in the first two months of 2021, while imports from the UK fell by 47%, the largest drop in history. The German “Business Daily” asked: In this “divorce case”, there are obviously many issues that have not been resolved, such as what will happen to deep-sea fishing in the future? How do the EU and the UK deal with financial services? Will more countries leave the European Union?