This report by the Women’s Policy Group Northern Ireland analyses the impact of COVID-19 on women and girls in Northern Ireland in terms of economic justice, health, social justice and cultural inequality. In addition to this, implications of Brexit and the need for a Bill of Rights will be examined and an analysis of international best practice case studies will be done. Based on the evidence outlined in the above areas, recommendations will be made for gender-responsive budgeting and policy-making to both the NI Assembly and UK governments. Throughout each pillar an area of analysis will be framed around the following questions:
- How the government should find money to fund recommendations,
- How jobs can be stimulated under each pillar,
- What funding should, or shouldn’t, be spent on,
- What a better, more resilient and gender-equal society will look like.
This plan will use a mix of political and economic policy-making recommendations to advocate for a feminist recovery to COVID-19 with the aim of not only avoiding deepening gender inequalities through recovery planning, but also tackling the gendered inequalities that already exist in our society.
Women’s Policy Group Northern Ireland. (2020). COVID-19 Feminist Recovery Plan.