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Warning NI risks losing decades of progress on gender equality in workplace in wake of coronavirus

'Childcare must be subsidised or women's lives will be just like the 1950s again'

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A lack of childcare for the children of working mothers risks pushing society back decades, says Roseann Kelly of Women in Business

A lack of childcare for the children of working mothers risks pushing society back decades, says Roseann Kelly of Women in Business

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Roseann Kelly of Women in Business

Roseann Kelly of Women in Business

Dr Ioana Latu of Queen’s University

Dr Ioana Latu of Queen’s University

A lack of childcare for the children of working mothers risks pushing society back decades, says Roseann Kelly of Women in Business

Northern Ireland risks losing decades of progress around gender equality in the workplace due to the coronavirus pandemic, experts say.

The Equality Commission, networking organisation Women in Business and economists today warn that during the crisis, a lack of childcare for the children of working mothers has increased the risk of pushing society back to the 1950s.

Research into the effects of lockdown by Queen's University's School of Psychology points to women facing "burnout".