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 are in place. The COVID-19 pandemic is no exception and has manifested itself in gendered ways, both in terms of the impact of the disease itself and the response to the pandemic. It is important to apply a gendered approach to pandemic response and preparedness to ensure effective and equitable policies and interventions.
Muraya, K. (2020). Gender and COVID-19 in Africa. The Gender and COVID-19 Working Group