Gender & COVID-19

This website is the product of an international committee that brings together academics who conduct real time gender analysis to identify and document the gendered dynamics of COVID-19 and gaps in preparedness and response.

The international multi-disciplinary team has a goal of advancing comparative gender-analysis of the outbreak to date with the aim of developing knowledge to mitigate against negative downstream effects of global public health policies created in response to the pandemic.

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    6 Things All Men Can do to Show Solidarity and Support During the Corona Crisis

    These are social media infographics to engage men during COVID-19. The infographics include advice such as: keeping in touch with loved ones, supporting a women’s shelter, meeting other peoples needs, etc.

    Source: 6 Things All Men Can do to Show Solidarity and Support During the Corona Crisis

      Comprehensive Sexuality Education to Address Gender-based Violence

      The COVID-19 pandemic has unmasked underlying inequities. Measures such as lockdown and physical distancing have confined many people to isolated, unsafe places that may increase risk of gender-based violence (GBV).

      f lockdowns or restricted movement continue for just a year, it is estimated there will be 61 million more cases of GBV than what would have already been expected In response to this increase, UN Women launched the Shadow Pandemic public awareness campaign in May, 2020.2 Meanwhile, the UN Secretary-General has called for countries to include GBV prevention as a component of COVID-19 recovery plans.

      UN Women emphasises vital national responses to address violence against women and girls (VAWG) throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and these responses could serve as useful entry points for comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) provision in the Arab region. VAWG regional responses include provision of shelters, telephone hotlines, and online counselling; strong messaging from law enforcement that violence against women and girls (VAWG) cases are high priority; and psychological support for women and girls, GBV survivors, and front-line health workers affected by both the COVID-19 and shadow pandemics.

      Source: Comprehensive Sexuality Education to Address Gender-based Violence

        Infographic: The Shadow Pandemic – Violence Against Women and Girls and COVID-19

        This infographic illustrates how, since the outbreak of COVID-19, violence against women and girls (VAWG), and particularly domestic violence, has intensified.

        As stay-at-home orders expand to contain the spread of the virus, women with violent partners increasingly find themselves isolated from the people and resources that can help them. The surge in COVID-19 cases is straining even the most advanced and best-resourced health systems to the breaking point, including those at the front line in violence response. The infographic offers several actions to alleviate the situation.

        Source: Infographic: The Shadow Pandemic – Violence Against Women and Girls and COVID-19

          Gender Equity and the COVID-19 Community Health Response Webinar

          This webinar was held on June 18, 2020 and was sponsored by Last Mile Health.

          During the webinar, the panelists discuss the importance of integrating gender equity into the community health COVID-19 pandemic response. Panelists also share insights and experiences related to reducing the gender gap through data, CHW programming, policy integration, and broader empowerment efforts. Additionally, the speakers outline what this looks like in practice and how they are working to reduce the gender gap in the context of COVID-19 response.

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            COVID-19 Exposes the Harsh Realities of Gender Inequality in Slums

            The COVID-19 pandemic is largely concentrated in cities and urban areas, with around 2,600 cities globally reporting at least one case of the disease. While the epicentre of the global health crisis is still Europe and North America, its impact on developing countries may be more devastating, especially for the poorest. The 1 billion+ people living in slums and slum-like settings in developing countries, where population density is high, are those most at-risk and least prepared.

            Most countries have responded with shelter-in-place orders, lockdowns and measures to curtail COVID-19’s spread. But slum-dwellers will have a hard time complying, as their overcrowded housing often lacks basic utilities, like water and sanitation. For women and girls who are slum-dwellers, the challenges are even greater as they face increased domestic violence (already being reported) and unpaid care burdens.

            Women aged 15 to 49 are overrepresented in urban slums and slum-like settings in 80 per cent of the 59 developing countries analysed in a Spotlight on Goal 11 paper, produced by UN Women and UN-Habitat. In Kibera, Kenya, the world’s fourth-most-populated slum – and where COVID-19 cases are highest in East Africa – there are 116 women for every 100 men. The figure is 120+ women per 100 men in Gabon, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti and Lesotho. In 61 per cent of the 59 developing countries analysed, more than half of women aged 15–49 live in slums.

            Source: COVID-19 Exposes the Harsh Realities of Gender Inequality in Slums

              Questions and Answers about Violence against Women and COVID-19

              This page offers health workers as well as the general public answers to questions about violence against women in the context of COVID-19.

              The questions include:

              Source: Questions and Answers about Violence against Women and COVID-19

                COVID-19: Resources to Address Gender-based Violence Risks

                This resource provides practitioners with key resources to support the integration of GBV risk mitigation into COVID-19 response. It will be frequently updated as the crisis unfolds.

                Source: COVID-19: Resources to Address Gender-based Violence Risks

                  Integrating Gender in the COVID-19 RCCE Response: Technical Brief

                  Integrating gender into the COVID-19 risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) response demands consideration of how gender norms and roles, as well as inequitable power dynamics and decision-making, influence people’s experiences and needs at all stages. This technical brief provides practical recommendations to integrate gender across the six pillars of the RCCE response.

                  Source: Integrating Gender in the COVID-19 RCCE Response – Technical Brief

                    Gender Norms and the Coronavirus

                    There is now emerging a wealth of commentary on the gendered implications of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. We know that crises can spur new ways of behaving, sometimes leading to shifts in gender norms and underpinning sustained change towards gender equality. But with the fast spreading coronavirus pandemic many gender inequalities have already been intensified as existing discriminatory and harmful norms continue or worsen in the face of change such as violence against women, which has intensified globally under lockdowns and in the face of economic stress.

                    ALIGN is currently analysing what leads to shifts in gender norms both during and after crises to enhance knowledge and innovation among our community, and we will be sharing new resources as they become available. Highlighted on this site are resources produced by ALIGN and their partners relating to Covid-19 (and non-communicable diseases more broadly) and gender norms.

                    Source: Gender Norms and the Coronavirus