The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionally affected the socio-economic conditions of women for a number of reasons. The health and care sectors show that the pandemic poses new challenges but also exacerbates existing problems. Despite the majority of the workers in this sector being female, most Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is fitted to a standard-sized man, leaving women sub-optimally protected. Unpaid care work disproportionally hinders women to access education, employment or leisure activities. NEXT GENERATION EU addresses gender equality in health as a priority for society and fair growth.