Policy Brief: The Impact of COVID-19 on Women

document thumbnailThe COVID-19 pandemic has forced the world to embrace a new normal, with self-isolation and physical distancing being the global way of life today. And while such preventive measures are critical, combating the COVID-19 crisis necessitates a robust and inclusive societal and health system response, bearing in mind the specific needs of vulnerable populations.

Policies and public health efforts have not addressed the gendered impacts of disease outbreaks. The COVID-19 pandemic is deepening pre-existing inequalities, exposing vulnerabilities in social, political and economic systems, which are in turn amplifying the impacts of the pandemic.  Across every sphere, from health to the economy, the impact of COVID-19 are exacerbated for women and girls.

This policy brief explores the differential impact of COVID-19 and makes recommendations to ensure that women and girls remain central to COVID-19 response planning and recovery efforts.