New Economy Forum: The Great Lockdown and Jobs: Who is Shut Out?




20 Oct 2020


WASHINGTON DC, United States



New Economy Forum: The Great Lockdown and Jobs: Who is Shut Out?
1. Wide shot, CNBCi’s Silvia Amaro speaking


2. SOUNDBITE (English) Gita Gopinath, IMF Chief Economist
“This crisis has hit women particularly hard to them, many more in the informal sector. And that's why even in low income countries have been very hard hit. It's very important, again, to provide women with the income support to make sure that this crisis doesn't become a permanent impact on their livelihoods, to provide them with the right skills and right platforms that they need to move towards growing sectors. So, these kinds of measures would be needed. And again, like I said, we have to continue the progress that we are making in terms of providing more opportunities to women,”

3. Long shot, Gita Gopinath speaking

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Gita Gopinath, IMF Chief Economist
“There is a lot that needs to be done. Firstly, it's very important to provide a strong social safety net to protect people who are losing their jobs. But it's also very important to provide opportunities to the unemployed to transition into the new sectors. And this would require providing training to acquire the new skills. And secondly, it's also important to provide parental leave to both men and women so that when schools are closed, both of them have an equal share in childcare responsibilities. So, these kinds of measures will help make this crisis less uneven and its impact on the young and women,”

5. Data Visualization, Job postings in selected sectors around stay-at-home orders

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Joakim Reiter, Group External Affairs Director, Vodafone
“I think one of the lessons from the COVID crisis is clear, which is the essential nature that digital infrastructure as well as digital services, has played in maintaining some form of normality under rather unprecedented circumstances. However, we are dealing with some very significant divides in our society, and this divide requires government and industry to come together to overcome. One of them is the fact that many of our citizens remain unconnected, which means that their access to education or e-learning platforms, their access to health care, and formal e-health has not existed for those that are clearly not connected. And that's a very significant proportion of the world population. But we also have a number of other things that we're expecting and hoping that both the industry and the governments can come together,”

7. Data Visualization, Impact of stay-at-home orders on mobility by gender
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