Habitat for Humanity: Women, housing and the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic

By Asha Misra, Corporate Partnership Implementation Manager, Corporate Relations, Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity will host: +You: Women, housing and the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic during International Women Build Week (8-15 March). This important discussion will explore the changed status of women throughout the global pandemic and  how safe, decent, and healthy housing has never been more important in supporting women’s stability and opportunity.  

Women are at the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Women make up more than half of the essential workforce in the United States and more than three-quarters of health care workers are women. They are also disproportionately bearing the costs of the economic downturn. Women make up 39 percent of global employment but account for 54 percent of overall job losses. 

On 11 March at 11:00 AM EST, Habitat will host +You: Women, housing and the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic to bring together experts and leaders from around the world to discuss these issues and more. Participants will also hear from a Habitat homeowner who has served at the front lines of the pandemic. The conversation will be streamed live here.  

This conversation is part of an ongoing series about housing hosted by Habitat for Humanity. The +You series brings together experts from across the U.S. and around the world to discuss how housing intersects and interacts with other areas of societal concern including public health, racial equity, faith, and the economy. 

Through International Women Build Week, Habitat for Humanity International and Lowe’s partner to build houses in the United States, Canada and India, and shine the spotlight on the global need for safe and affordable housing, particularly for women-led households. Contact your local Habitat to see if there is a virtual opportunity in your community.

Rotary International’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity International helps clubs and districts empower local communities through access to safe and affordable housing, water and sanitation facilities and hygienic practices and skills training to improve employment opportunities. Contact your local Habitat to jointly design and implement local service projects.

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