The intersected implications of quarantine can be seen, for instance in the move to remote work for people in the service sector and in the requirement that essential workers (medical staff, police, fire, retail associates) continue in high disease exposure work environments. "ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, says “the COVID-19 pandemic has shown the always essential role of the working heroes of this pandemic. People who are usually invisible, unconsidered, undervalued, even ignored. Health and care workers, cleaners, supermarket cashiers, unpaid carers in their homes and communities – a large majority of women, frequently migrant workers, too often numbered among the working poor and the insecure.”" (Sampson, "Ahead of G7 Leaders’ Summit, Lobbyists Pressing for Gender Equality Amid COVID-19 Crisis," The News Chronicle (via MSN News, 21 May 2020)). The issues are exacerbated in developing states (Magalhaes, Bube, and Lewis, "Brazil’s Nurses Are Dying as Covid-19 Overwhelms Hospitals" The Wall Street Journal (19 May 2020) ("At least 116 nurses have died in this country of 210 million from Covid-19, according to Brazil’s Federal Nursing Council—the highest toll anywhere. ")). In most places, "child care, elderly care, and housework typically fall on women. Concerns over increased domestic violence are growing. With health services overstretched and charities under-resourced, women's sexual and reproductive health services, as well as prenatal and postnatal care, are disrupted." (Editorial. The Lancet 395(10231):1168 (April 11, 2020)). Powerful organizations have taken up the political implications of these dimensions both within states and in the international sphere ("Putting a Gendered Lens on COVID-19," Forbes (17 April 2020).
The CPE Working Group on Gender, Human Rights, and Sustainability will focus on the lives of women in these contexts--granular, intimate, singular, and interconnected. Their work will be aligned with human rights and sustainability norms. It will focus on issues of women from the workplace as a hub that impacts women's lives generally. Realized through a series of focused local projects, the Working Group's object is to develop tool kits for helping women navigate the sometimes complex and subtle gendered challenges of the workplace; how women can augment cultures that avoid inadvertent undermining of women's roles in work, and to begin to develop a data driven approach to provide a means of holding those with responsibility accountable.