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Gender and COVID-19

COVID-19 Resources on Gender

The COVID-19 pandemic is re-defining the way we live. The implication of this huge global challenge is not only limited to health impacts, but is slowly building up to a devastating social, economic, political and humanitarian challenge. The pandemic is deepening pre-existing inequalities, exposing the vulnerable, and in turn amplifying the impacts of the crisis. These impacts, however, are not gender neutral. According to the World Health Organisation, women form 70 percent of workers in the health and social sector. With women working as prime care givers and frontline workers, they are likely to bear a disproportionately higher health as well as economic cost. This is likely to be reinforced by the long-term economic effects of the crisis, coupled with what is being seen as a rising incidence of domestic violence. The ability to respond to COVID with a gender lens, therefore, is important so that the inequalities and challenges that women face are not exacerbated.

To enable you to assess the gendered impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, IWWAGE brings to you a library of gender related resources on COVID-19.