This is a partial throwback post (see the 2 links), but also my way of letting you know I'm still around, still vegan, still looking after my mom (for now), and still hoping to see a more vegan world someday.
I'm also drafting a more in-depth post on the impact of Covid-19 on other animals (stay tuned!), but thought that today I'd briefly point out how this pandemic has disproportionately affected women and mothers. While Covid-19 has impacted everyone, it has hit women particularly hard in terms of both paid and unpaid labour. A few cases in point:
- the number of female front-line essential workers
- the number of mothers who now have extended hours of childcare
- the number of mothers (and fathers, hopefully) who now have to home school
- the number of women who still provide care for elderly family members
- the number of women who have lost their jobs given their over-representation in the service sector
This all adds up to an awful lot of gained or lost labour, on top of the stress created by the pandemic itself. Another area of concern is safety; not only in the workplace, but at home. Added isolation, service cuts and shelter closures, and bam, gender-based violence rises exponentially, making 'stay safe' more of a challenge than a wish.
But please, do stay safe yourself, and be sure to thank anyone who does any form of mothering today.