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COVID worsens gender gap in Indonesia, Pakistan: UN agency report

Study also shows women in Pacific islands affected more by vaccine misinformation

Activists in Jakarta protest during International Women's Day on March 8.   © Sipa via AP Images

JAKARTA -- Women in Indonesia and Pakistan have borne the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic, disproportionately losing more jobs and having to assume more household chores than men, a United Nations agency said in a report released on Wednesday.

Wide gaps in the pre-pandemic percentage of women employed versus men were already evident in the world's fourth- and fifth-most populous nations, with 70% of women employed in Indonesia and just over 60% in Pakistan against 90% for men.

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