Challenges Of New Normal Will Remain For Women In 2022

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New years often mean new beginnings with new years’ resolutions. However, the Covid-19 pandemic is here to stay and challenges it brings will remain for many.


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The new year often means new beginnings with new years’ resolutions. However, the Covid-19 pandemic is here to stay and challenges it brings will remain for many.

One of the aspects brought upon by the pandemic was working from home and your place of employment. The new normal and the mixing of these two locations presents challenges for many, especially women. This as women are expected to be the caregivers and homemakers.

Chief research specialist Dr Candice Groenewald explains that the pandemic has disproportionately impacted women more than men. She explains that she is referring to the social and familial roles women play in the home.

One example of this was the implementation of the Sassa Social Relief of Distress (SRD) Grant. Groenewald explains that when the grant was introduced, more men than women were able to access the grant.

She says that this is because women were more likely to be receiving a child support grant from Sassa. SRD grant beneficiaries at the time were not allowed to receive another social grant from Sassa.

Groenewald adds that more needs to be done to break down and challenge social norms. She says that the notion that women are simply child bearers and to be at home needs to change. She believes that only once these issues and expectations are talked about within our various communities, then meaningful change can occur and new societal norms can be constructed.

“The pandemic is here to stay and 'how do we think differently about the roles of a woman and recognizing and prioritizing the roles of women within our society?' is an important question for us as researchers, as interventionists, academics as scholars, as policymakers, as various stakeholders we have to think critically about these issues” declared Groenewald.

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