M’sians deem social assistance essential for women post-pandemic

by HARIZAH KAMEL / pic by RAZAK GHAZALI

MALAYSIANS believe social assistance, flexible work practices and access to healthcare are crucial to help women post Covid-19, according to the latest data released by Ipsos.

“Almost exactly a year after the pandemic became a truly global crisis, much has been said about the impact it has had across different communities and demographic groups, including the implications it has on women.

“Malaysians point to social assistance, flexible work practices and access to healthcare in ensuring pandemic recovery efforts (a success) are issues that women are facing,” Ipsos Malaysia head of public affairs Wan Nuradiah Wan Mohd Rani said in a statement yesterday.

The latest findings based on the study on International Women’s Day 2021 revealed 47% of Malaysians viewed social assistance, such as cash and food support, as a core element for women’s post-pandemic recovery.

This is followed by flexible working hours, such as working from home (43%), and access to healthcare services (37%).

Malaysians scored higher in mental health support services at 34% than the global country average at 24%.

However, compared to the global average (36%), Malaysians are less likely to highlight support for women who face violence or abuse at just 30%.

“In some countries, people tend to think the negative impacts of Covid-19 are felt more strongly by one gender than the other — Malaysians are more inclined to feel it has hit both genders equally hard,” she added.

While people from some countries see the pandemic having a more adverse impact on one gender than the other, 80% of Malaysians do not tend to think of the negative outcomes as gender specific.

On the view that the pandemic is having the same impact on both genders, the global average is 64%. In other countries where the survey were also conducted, the data showed that China scored 69%, the US (65%), the UK (63%) and South Korea (61%), while Japan, Saudi Arabia and India each scored 54%.


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Malaysians believe social assistance required to help women post-Covid-19