Requests for help from people who can’t afford period products like pads and tampons have risen during the pandemic. Not only is financial support needed, but also access to menstrual healthcare and education, which have been limited by lockdowns and school closures. ‘Period poverty’ not only means that people who menstruate can’t afford products like […]
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the United Nations Global Strategy (2016–30) emphasize that all women, children and adolescents ‘survive, thrive and transform’. A key element of this global policy framework is that gender equality is a stand-alone goal as well as a cross-cutting priority. Gender inequality and intersecting social and structural determinants shape health […]
The COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to skyrocketing gender-based violence (GBV) rates and reduced access to GBV prevention and response services and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) services. Countries reliant on foreign aid to fund some or all of these services face growing funding gaps for GBV and SRHR programming. As donor agencies redirect […]
The Government of Uganda’s lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 banned all public and private transport, closed schools and markets, and mandated a country-wide curfew. From the onset of the pandemic, the government trivialized growing rates of gender-based violence (GBV) and did not recognize the entirety of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) […]
At the start of the pandemic, the Government of Kenya immediately closed schools, restricted transportation, and imposed a national curfew. The Government did not initially deem gender-based violence (GBV) and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) essential. Researchers at Columbia University and a Kenya-based researcher¹ interviewed 37 GBV and SRHR service providers and other […]
Impacts of COVID-19 on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Programs and ServicesColombia established an early and strict lockdown on March 17, 2020. On March 22, 2020, through Decree 460, the national government ordered that GBV prevention activities continue to be provided. However, courts suspended hearings, creating massive judicial backlogs […]
This report is based on a fact-finding which began as an effort to gather evidence of the rights violations experienced by women during pregnancy and childbirth. The fact-finding originally intended to gather accounts of women’s experiences of neglect and mistreatment in their attempt to access obstetric care and assess the accountability context for violations of […]
On the 11 March 2020, coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.1 Other coronavirus outbreaks which have occurred include the 2002–2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), first reported in 2012. Outbreaks like these can impact sexual and reproductive health and rights in various […]
Should pregnant women get the COVID-19 vaccine? This decision aid outlines the benefits and risks of getting the COVID-19 vaccine when one is pregnant. It is intended for use by pregnant women (and women planning on becoming pregnant) who are considering getting the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as their healthcare providers, and their friends and […]
This report is about gender norms – the implicit informal rules about appropriate behaviour for people of different genders – that most people accept and follow. It is about the ways in which gender equality, women’s and girls’ rights and the norms that shape the ability to claim those rights, have progressed over time. It […]
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