In Africa, as in other settings pandemics and their resultant effects are not gender blind and have the potential to exponentially magnify existing gender inequalities and the plight of other vulnerable populations; such as those with disabilities, refugees, and internally displaced persons. This is especially the case for less-resourced countries where limited social protection measures […]
By April 13 2020, Nigeria had 343 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with a high likelihood that thesecases could be the start of a widespread outbreak. While President Buhari announced thatmovement in the Federal Capital Territory, and Lagos and Ogun states should stop from 30 Marchfor an initial 14 days and measures would be taken to ameliorate […]
Nigeria saw epidemic levels of violence against women and girls (VAWG) prior to the COVID-19pandemic. The past six months have seen a spike in reports and a number of high profile cases. Public outcry and advocacy of women’s rights activists caused the Nigerian Governors’ Forum to declare a state of emergency and President Buhari to […]
Tips for linking social protection and gender-based violence prevention and response during COVID-19
With COVID-19 throwing a spotlight on both social protection and gender-based violence, experts from the FCDO- and GIZ-funded SPACE initiative – Lara Quarterman and Amber Peterman – explore some of the ways these topics intersect. This blog will set out core considerations for programming that integrate social protection with violence prevention or response, and highlight the importance […]
Erica N. Rosser, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health The Washington University Center for Women’s Infectious Disease Research and the Global Health Center joined forces to organize an important and opportune virtual event – The COVID-19: Scientific Advances and its Impact on Women’s Health Symposium. Dean of the Washington University School of Medicine David Perlmutter, opened […]
Clare Wenham pointed out there were various structures of governance that had no mention of woman specific or gender sensitive inclusion in. Some of these included: The International Health Regulations (2005), Joint External Evaluation (JEE), Global Health Security Agenda (and country action packages), Biological Weapons Convention, WHO research and Development Blueprint, United States Government Global Health Security Strategy among others.
It is important to remember that the management of COVID-19 also needs to consider the affected and not just the infected. Men may be at higher risk of infection with COVID-19 but women are the most affected and have borne the worst brunt. Health systems are highly gendered and so are many industries as has been revealed by COVID-19.
What do we know about women and COVID-19 in low- and middle-income countries from the peer-reviewed literature?
By Anita Raj, Nabamallika Dehingia, Anvita Dixit and Lotus McDougal The literature on COVID-19 is shockingly vast when you consider that most nations have been contending with the impact from the virus for only about six months at most. Based on this literature, there are a few recognized cross-national findings with regard to risk and severity […]
By Boel McAteer, COVID-19 Response Governance Mapping Initiative Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers and journalists have drawn attention the gendered impacts of many of the measures put in place to combat its spread. To mention a few examples, lockdown policies have caused a worldwide increase of domestic violence, and school closures and […]
By Roopa Dhatt, Joannie Bewa, Jennifer Martin and Ann Keeling, Women in Global Health COVID-19 knows no borders and it does not discriminate. Societies, however, do discriminate and the impact of the virus is increasing inequalities globally. The recovery from this pandemic will take years and for many, a lifetime. COVID-19 has thrust global health […]
This report was written by Plan International Youth Leaders in Australia and Vietnam. It delves into the issues that COVID-19 exposed in our systems, as well as the ways in which it has already transformed our society into something better, drawing on the views of girls and young women from around the world. The pre-COVID-19 […]