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How has Nigeria responded to the gendered impacts of COVID-19?


The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted women and vulnerable groups, as well as compounded pre-existing gender inequalities. As a result, measures to mitigate the gendered impacts of COVID-19 must be part of pandemic response and recovery plans. This report analyzes the gender responsiveness of Nigeria’s COVID-19 plan by asking:

  1. How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted women and vulnerable groups in Nigeria?
  2. What measures were included in Nigeria’s National COVID-19 Pandemic Multi-Sectoral Response Plan (the Plan) to specifically address the gendered impacts of COVID-19?
  3. What measures have been taken to address and respond to the gendered impacts of COVID-19 in Nigeria?
  4. What else can be done to ensure a gender-responsive pandemic plan in Nigeria?

This report covers both the primary and secondary gendered impacts of COVID-19. Primary impacts refer to immediate, direct impacts, such as COVID-19 infections, vaccinations, deaths, and related illnesses; while secondary impacts refer to longer-term social, economic, and non-COVID-19 health impacts. In each section of the report, we outline the measures taken by the Nigerian government and recommend how to strengthen these interventions by introducing a gender lens.

Tan et al. (2021). How has Nigeria responded to the gendered impacts of COVID-19?, Gender and COVID-19 Project.

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