This study aims to provide a more detailed and timely picture of the short-term and long-term gender equality challenges faced by the EU as a result of the Covid-19 crisis, focusing on the labour market situation, working arrangements and incomes, the impact on gender roles and the work–life balance of workers and the role of employment-supporting factors and recovery measures.

In the absence of a gender equality perspective in short-term emergency and long-term reconstruction measures, the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic risk maintaining or even furthering pre-existing gender inequalities and rolling back the progress achieved to date.