In Focus: Gender equality matters in COVID-19 response
UN Women is working to provide support to all women on the front lines of the fight against this pandemic; promoting flexible working arrangements for women with a burden of care; and prioritizing services to prevent gender-based domestic violence. Now you, too, can help them.
The COVID-19 pandemic is not just a health issue. It is a profound shock to our societies and economies, and women are at the heart of care and response efforts underway.
As front-line responders, health professionals, community volunteers, transport and logistics managers, scientists and more, women are making critical contributions to address the outbreak every day.
The majority of caregivers, at home and in our communities, are also women.
Additionally, they are at increased risk of infection and loss of livelihood, and existing trends point to less access to sexual and reproductive health and rise in domestic violence during crisis.
UN Women is bringing up-to-date information and analysis on how and why gender matters in COVID-19 response.
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What our leaders are saying
News and stories
Shortage of food and water challenge the prevention of the Coronavirus in Brazil’s largest indigenous reserve: In an interview with UN Women Brazil, earlier this month, nurse Indianara Machado Ramires Guarani Kaiowá, explained why indigenous women and children were more vulnerable and pointed out how persisting historical issues increased the risks posed to them by the new Coronavirus pandemic.
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Data and infographics
COVID-19: emerging gender data
The COVID-19 pandemic is causing untold human suffering and is likely to heighten gender-based inequalities around the world. UN Women is working with partners to bridge the gender data gap and deliver a more accurate picture of the gender dimension to the response so that it can be more effective for women and girls. For gender-related data on COVID-19 visit this page.
The shadow pandemic - violence against women and girls and COVID-19
In times of crisis, violence against women and girls is likely to increase as security, health, and money worries heighten tensions and strains are accentuated by cramped and confined living conditions.
- Latest content from the United Nations system
- Social media messages and assets from the United Nations system: https://trello.com/b/vumsShVd/covid19-social-assets-messaging
- COVID-19: the gendered impacts of the outbreak
- Gender-related COVID-19 resources by UN entity
- COVID-19 and Gender Equality: A Call to Action for the Private Sector
- UN COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund: April 2020 Call for Proposals
- Gender equality marker in UN COVID-19 MPTF: First call for proposals
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