COVID-19 and Gender Equality

Date of Publication
2020

Previous pandemics have shown that gender inequality is not a side issue and that recognizing factors that can marginalize individuals in different groups can save lives. We also know that crises exacerbate gender inequalities.

 Gender equality must be at the center of responses to COVID-19, as a life saving measure. Programs must engage in intersectional gender analysis,  because  pandemics  affect  women,  men,  boys, girls, and gender-nonconforming people differently. All  data  related  to  outbreak  and  response  must be disaggregated by  sex,  age  and  whenever  possible  disability  status  and  other  social characteristics. Recognizing factors  that  can  marginalize  individuals  in  different  demographic groups, and acting on this recognition, leads to more effective and equitable response.

Additionally, programs must:
1.    Address the disproportionate burden of women's and girls' care work

2.    Prevent and address gender-based violence

3.    Address the needs of women on the frontline of pandemic

4.    Ensure social protection and economic empowerment

5.    Prioritize information and services on sexual and reproductive healthEnsure women and girls' equal voice and participation