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Virus altered gender roles, finds study in Vizag


Andhra University (AU) study on “Impact of the Covid-10 on Youth, Women and Family-The perceptions of educated youth” was submitted to University Grants Commission by Principal investigator Dr. P Usha, also Director of Centre for Women Studies, AU, on Wednesday.

The study focuses on two faces of Covid-19– impact and lockdown. One is in the direction of the dynamics of education, and the second is to examine the impact of home quarantine on gender roles. The study found that staying at home for longer hours during lockdown has brought a big change in gender roles based on the gender division of labour from centuries. It has helped the men understand the unequal distribution of household work.

A family’s educational background more often than not determines the intensity of violence against women that as per the study, can be reduced further when women too are educated. It also found that perspectives of gender roles and household chores must be shared both by both men and women.

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