COVID-19 – Women Deliver

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 continues to put a gender lens on the response and recovery to COVID-19, ensuring the unique needs of girls and women are addressed, and their unique expertise is leveraged.
More than one year since the first emergence of COVID-19, we still see that women are playing an outsized role responding to the pandemic, including as frontline healthcare workers, caregivers at home, and mobilizers in their communities. As the crisis continues 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, in the equitable distribution of vaccines, and in how we strengthen our health systems post-pandemic. And we must continue to 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. Read our Top Ten Recommendations to build back a stronger, more gender-equal world.
Over the last year, Women Deliver has advocated for a gender lens on COVID-19 efforts, and continued our long-term advocacy to create a more gender-equal world. Specifically:
  • We are regularly checking in and supporting our network of partners and Women Deliver Young Leaders, including providing new technology stipends and remote technical assistance, with special attention to those providing frontline health services and humanitarian relief. Despite facing unique and unprecedented challenges, including skyrocketing unemployment, constraints in educational opportunities, and barriers to their health and rights, young people are leading the way in response and recovery efforts while ensuring girls and women are not left behind. Read more about their powerful efforts in this blog and in this Story Map.
  • And our global community of partners, spanning sectors and geographies, continue to convene through virtual bilateral meetings and other digital activations – including an Open Call to Decision-Makers, led by Deliver for Good and supporting the World Economic Forum in applying a gender lens to their Covid Action Platform, an innovation and mobilization hub for protecting lives and livelihoods.
In 2021, Women Deliver will continue to advocate for a gender lens on COVID-19 recovery, push to fill disaggregated data gaps, secure the full and effective participation of girls and women in all aspects of pandemic response, and continue to advance gender equality. We are and will keep identifying and acting on advocacy opportunities, 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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Relevant Reading:
Below is a collection of relevant pieces on the intersection of gender equality and COVID-19:



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