The Covid 19 crisis has had unprecedented labour market impacts and indeed it has affected men and women. However, our analysis based on global estimates – and available country level LFS data from the BRICS countries – show that women have been hit harder, coming on top of an already declining LFPR rate in some countries. And many have become inactive, i.e. exited the labour force altogether. The decline in LFPR during this crisis flags concerns around poverty, and gender inequality. These issues require special attention, as noted in the Global call to action for a human centred recovery as adopted by ILO constituents - in June 2021.