With lockdowns and work-from-home conditions still in place, it’s clear that some aspects of the pandemic are here to stay a while longer. Some of these effects have seen a positive change in Singapore’s labour force; for instance, more women are working in the country now more than ever. However, the pandemic has also pulled underlying gender disparity issues to the front, like unpaid care work and high levels of retrenchment falling heavily on women.
As we shift into a post-pandemic society, we must be careful as remnants of the past carry on into the future of work. In order to reshape the trajectory of women in Singapore’s labour force, new policies and mindsets will need to be adopted in response to persistent, gender disparity that only became more tightly wound throughout the pandemic. Here’s 3 things that we can do to help working women in Singapore.