October 05, 2020
Wahine get advice on coping with she-cession
The author of a guide for wāhine struggling with the economic impacts of COVID-19 says the world is going into a "she-cession".
Rachel Petero's 'Take Your Space' draws together advice from 16 wāhine from different cultures and industries on issues like standing up to discrimination, self-care and how to negotiate a pay rise.
She says women's jobs were heavily affected by the pandemic, accounting for 90 percent of those jobs lost in the June quarter.
"She-cession is impacting us globally because of the roles we have traditionally held – high labour, we are in the tourism and the retail and the hospitality roles. Globally that adds up," she says.
Rachel Petero, who is founder and chief executive of indigenous leadership programme Rise2025 and co-chair of Ngāti Tamaoho Trust, wrote Take Your Space with former Ministry of Women’s Affairs head Jo Cribb.
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