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.
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; 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.
- 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.
- We are increasing our webinar output – including this most recent session on 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.
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 Secretary General: Video Message on COVID-19
António Guterres calls for “an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world” appealing to warring parties to “end the sickness of war and fight the disease that is ravaging our world.”
- 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.
- 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.
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