Archive: Gender norms and the coronavirus
Emerge has adapted and developed evidence-based survey measures on Covid-19 and gender for topics such as violence, agency, education, environment, time-use, family planning, sanitation, social support and others. It has also produced guidance on conducting phone surveys to understand the gendered impacts of the pandemic.
Published by: Emerge
Latest research and analysis on the implications of the coronavirus pandemic worldwide from the Overseas Development Institute.
Published by: ODI
Economic independence and social justice – the anchors of feminism and gender equality in India - have been hit hard by the affects of Covid-19. But will it impact feminism as a movement in post Covid-19 times? This blog takes a look.
Published by: Feminism in India
This paper looks at how to ensure the inclusion of marginalised women in fragile and conflict-affected states in Covid-19 prevention, response and recovery.
Published by: Women for Women International
Experiences from previous pandemics show that women can be especially active actors for change, while they can also experience the effects of the crisis in different (and often more negative) ways. Given that the Covid-19 is not gender-blind, the response to it should not be either. Based on the existing evidence and emerging trends the note summarises key gender differentiated transmission channels and impacts on outcomes across the three areas of endowments, economic conditions, and agency.
Published by: World Bank Group
We know from experience that women’s voices are often excluded in a crisis, robbing us of vital insights into effective responses. We know that women step up to the plate when needed, but once a crisis is over, their contribution is often overlooked, their voices are silenced and there is a tendency to sink back into the old order – or worse.
Published by: Women Deliver
Data2X has compiled a running list of resources and reporting on gender and gender data relating to Covid-19 preparedness and response around the world.
Published by: Data 2X
This is a living document developed by UN Women and WHO that summarizes principles and recommendations to those planning to embark on data collection on the impact of Covid-19 on violence against women and girls (VAWG). It was informed by the needs and challenges identified by colleagues in regional and country offices and has benefited from their input. It reminds us that existing data prior to the pandemic (on topics that we may have explored previously such as gender norms) can inform policy and programme responses. It responds to the difficulties of adhering to methodological, ethical and safety principles in the context of the physical distancing and staying at home measures imposed in many countries.
Published by: UN Women
Gender-based violence (GBV) service provision during Covid-19: This short discussion note for GBV specialists explores low-tech ways to reach women and girls at risk of violence. This note provides a few ideas to the challenging problem of reaching survivors who cannot easily access phone-based GBV support. Some of these responses (such as non-verbal alerts) need to take into account various forms in different contexts depending on resources, cultural norms and safety. The note also provides suggestions of where GBV support services can be safely integrated, beyond traditional integration points such as healthcare settings.
Published by: UNICEF
Gender norms underpin gender-based violence. The rising pandemic of gender-based violence alongside Covid-19 highlights the need for continued and upscaled work to change these norms. Norms also influence what is prioritised in emergency response. The gender-based violence pandemic highlights the importance of designating support services such as shelters and helplines as emergency services that can be accessed during lockdowns.
Published by: UN Women
8 April 2020
This blog reflects on the effects of Covid-19 on violence against women across the world and highlights the efforts by civil society organisations to provide or connect vulnerable women with services that prevent and respond to SGBV. The authors give the example of Colombia and how organisations have identified that many of the women contacting them are mothers, and their concern is not only individual but for the whole family. Many of these women are also forced to live with past aggressors and those who attempt to denounce the violence to public officials are told that “woman, try to create a peaceful environment, so your man doesn’t get angry.” The blog reflects and give lessons on how to protect the rights of women and girls within the Covid-19 response.
Published by: Development Pathways
2 April 2020
Covid-19 has clearly shown that Public Health infrastructure must be fortified, and women’s mental health urgently needs to be a priority. Covid-19 has affected women much more profoundly, (even though the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC) found the fatality rate for men to be higher than women) due to various social, cultural and economic factors, meaning women are facing a sharp increase in caregiving responsibilities, with even less freedom, space, or economic security.
Published by: The Times of India
Two surveys carried out in the UK to help inform the framing of priorities for mental health research in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic. The data is separated by age and gender and was carried out through Ipsos online survey platform.
Published by: The Academy of Medical Sciences
This article highlights the effects of Covid-19 on women workers in the tea sector in Sri Lanka. While they are able to work, living and work conditions increase the risk of contracting the virus and of a wide range of social impacts.
Published by: The Guardian
Health care professional bodies, experts and trade unions have warned that female healthcare workers’ lives are being put at risk because personal protective equipment is designed for men and is risking lives of female workers.
Published by: The Guardian