More than 2 million moms left the labour force in 2020 according to new global estimates


Global data covering 189 countries and territories expose the motherhood penalty faced by millions of women around the world in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Released as part of a collaboration between UN Women and ILO, the analysis focuses on mothers and fathers (women and men aged 25 to 54 with partners and at least one child under the age of 6 at home) that actively participate in the labour market. Persons living in other household types, including lone parents, are equally relevant – and they too are feeling the pandemic squeeze – but 2020 estimates are not yet available for them in many countries.