Coronavirus: Why are Women Paying a Heavier Price?

Women have shown better COVID-19 outcomes than men – in part thanks to an additional X chromosome and sex hormones like oestrogen, which provoke better immune responses to the virus that causes COVID-19. But any such advantage is reversed when it comes to the social and economic effects of the pandemic; here the brunt falls heaviest on women.

What has disproportionately affected women is insecurity and loss of employment because women tend to work in informal sectors with no financial protection or benefits. Data gathered by UN Women shows that of all healthcare workers infected with COVID-19 in Spain and Italy, 72 percent and 66 percent respectively were women.

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    Maintaining Essential GBV Services during COVID-19

    This document provides guidance on how to safely deliver gender-based violence (GBV) services during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The document offer guidance to ministries of health, policymakers, service providers, and other implementing partners on how to continue to safely deliver  GBV services during COVID-19. The evidence-based documents are drawn from data and guidance from the World Health Organization, the United Nations Population Fund, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This document is part of a series of technical guidance documents developed by Pathfinder that can be used to support the adaptation of essential sexual and reproductive health care during the COVID-19 pandemic or future airborne infectious disease outbreaks.

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    COVID-19 and Ending Violence Against Women and Girls

    This is a living document outlining the current evidence on GBV during COVID-19 as well as innovative solutions and recommendations for organizations to integrate GBV support into their COVID-19 response. It makes recommendations to be considered by all sectors of society at the onset, during, and after the public health crisis with examples of actions already taken.

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      Digital Activism for Equitable, Compassionate, and Non-Violent Ways of Being Men During COVID-19

      This page contains campaigns and actions taking place around the world to promote healthy, equitable, and caring ways of being men throughout COVID-19. In particular, these messages aim to promote positive masculinities among men and boys finding themselves in lockdowns, isolation, and social-distancing measures.

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        Hot Peach Pages

        This website contains abuse information and support for every woman and every girl on Earth. The site offers links to:

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          UN Women VAW Helplines

          This is a list of country domestic violence helplines compiled by UN Women. There is also a list of agencies if a particular country does not have a helpline. Visitors can also submit a confidential individual complaint form to the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

          Source: UN Women VAW Helplines

            GBV Case Management video and podcast series to support the COVID-19 response

            The GBVIMS Steering Committee has put together a series of video shorts and podcasts on remote GBV case management in the context of the COVID-19 response. The series is aimed at supporting GBV caseworkers and supervisors to adapt their service provision in the context of governmental policies imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as movement restrictions, confinement, lockdown or other containment strategies.

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              Guidelines for Mobile and Remote Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Service Delivery

              This resource provides guidance on establishing GBV mobile and remote services, in order to provide case management, psychosocial support, and referrals to meet the immediate needs of GBV survivors. Such services should be established in settings where traditional services based in static centers with continuous access to trained caseworkers cannot be setup or consistently accessed due to the nature of displacement and/or ongoing insecurity that hinders both humanitarian access and the displaced population’s movement

              Source: Guidelines for Mobile and Remote Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Service Delivery

                Rapid Assessment: Remote Service Mapping Template

                The following template provides rough guidance on methodology and key areas of inquiry for GBV sub clusters and service providers to map and assess the availability of potential remote platforms for the delivery of some types of information and awareness, referrals and psychosocial support. This guidance is provided in the context of the COVID-19 crisis, which may cause rapid shifts in the GBV prevention and response services to remote approaches.

                Source: Rapid Assessment: Remote Service Mapping Template

                  How to support survivors of gender-based violence when a GBV actor is not available in your area

                  This document is a step-by-step guide for response actors on supporting GBV survivors with key messages and resources.

                  The guide uses global standards on providing basic support and information to survivors of GBV without doing further harm. We encourage adaptation of this resource to your local context with the support of a GBV specialist and in a manner that maintains a survivor-centered approach.

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