How Women Deliver is Responding to COVID-19
We know that disease outbreak affects women and men differently, and that pandemics exacerbate gender inequalities for girls and women. That’s why Women Deliver is working to put a gender lens on the response to COVID-19, ensuring the unique needs of girls and women are addressed, and their unique expertise is leveraged. Read our Ten Recommendations here.
Women are playing an outsized role responding to COVID-19, including as frontline healthcare workers, caregivers at home, and as mobilizers in their communities. As the crisis intensifies around the world, it is clear that if we truly want to deliver health, wellbeing, and dignity for all, girls and women must be front and center in the emergency responses, in social and economic recovery efforts, and in how we strengthen our health systems post-pandemic. And we must safeguard the progress we've made towards gender equality, including hard won gains for sexual and reproductive health and rights.
At this pivotal time, the work of Women Deliver and that of our partners, advocates, and Young Leaders is more important than ever.
Women Deliver is advocating for a gender lens on COVID-19 efforts, and continuing our long-term advocacy to create a more gender equal world. Specifically:
- We are engaging with decision makers, providing credible information and evidence-backed thought leadership, advice, and shaping normative guidance on gender dimensions of pandemic preparedness, response, and recovery — like recommendations to the G7 and applauding the UN's new report — always keeping girls and women as the center of decision making.
- We are producing and contributing to evidenced-based communications and advocacy tools to highlight how girls and women are being affected by COVID-19 and what measures are needed to address in the short term and long term implications on girls and women, like in our Ten Recommendations.
- We are regularly checking in and supporting our network of partners and Women Deliver Young Leaders, with special attention to those providing frontline health services and humanitarian relief. This blog highlights Young Leaders innovating at this crucial time.
- We are increasing our webinar output – including these most recent sessions on global health security and UHC and COVID-19 response, and a virtual press visit in Lebanon – as a way to capacity-build from the safety of home.
- And our global community of partners, spanning sectors and geographies, are continuing to convene through bilateral meetings, phone and Skype calls, and other digital activations – including an Open Call to Decision-Makers, led by the Deliver for Good coalition.
Women Deliver is continuing our regular work, as well as advocating for a gender lens on the COVID-19 response. We are and will keep using our political and normative muscle, liaising with and listening to partners, collaborating with our many networks, and communicating across platforms to move the needle for gender equality.
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Below is a collection of relevant pieces on the intersection of gender equality and COVID-19:
- UN Policy Brief: The Impact of COVID-19 on Women
This report examines the scale of the impact of the pandemic on girls and women and recommends ways to put women’s leadership and contributions at the heart of resilience and recovery.
- The Lancet: COVID-19 – The Gendered Impacts of the Outbreak
This article spotlights the girls and women at greatest risk of COVID-19 – including female health workers and caregivers – and what must be done to help protect and support them.
- Think Global Health: Gender and the Coronavirus Outbreak
This article highlights the critical questions about gender that must be asked at the outset of every public health emergency.
- New York Times: Why Women Might Face Greater Risk of Catching Coronavirus
This piece highlights how traditional gender roles and inequalities might make girls and women more vulnerable to COVID-19, and what a gender-integrated response could look like.
- IPS: COVID-19 Means we Must Innovate Data Collection, Especially on Gender
This Q&A points out how COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns provides an opportunity to collect data in more innovative ways to ensure gender equality
*Features Women Deliver Staff*
- CARE: 'Where are the Women: The conspicuous absence of women in COVID-19 response teams and plans, and why we need them’
This report highlights the urgency of increasing women’s leadership at all levels of the COVID-19 response, and ensuring humanitarian funding for local women’s rights and women-led organizations.
- Arab News: Coronavirus, A Clear and Present Danger to Lebanon
*Features Women Deliver Humanitarian Advocates*
This article spotlights how local women-focused civil society organizations in Lebanon – including our partners at the Lebanese Women Democratic Gathering and Palestinian Women’s Humanitarian Organization – are supporting their communities during the pandemic.
- UNFPA: COVID-19 with A Gender Lens
This publication outlines how disease outbreaks affect women and men differently, including the sexual and reproductive health and psychosocial needs of female frontline health workers.
- UN Women: Paying attention to women’s needs and leadership will strengthen COVID-19 response
This article outlines UN Women's recommendations that place women’s needs and leadership at the heart of effective response to COVID-19.
- Project Syndicate: A Gender Lens for COVID-19
*Written by Women Deliver Staff*
This article explains how the most effective COVID-19 policy responses will be those that account for how the crisis is experienced by women and girls.
- Medium: Ten Recommendations to Build a Stronger, More Gender-Equal World
This article lays out concrete steps we can take in response to COVID-19, to ensure the unique needs of girls and women are addressed
*Written by Women Deliver Staff*
- World Economic Forum: COVID-19 is the biggest setback to gender equality in a decade
This article describes how the pandemic is having a deep impact on women and is throwing away decades of hard-won battles both in terms of gender equality and women’s economic rights
Stay safe. Stay hopeful. Stay active.
We'll get through this, together.