Nations Unies, 9 avril 2020, 21 pages
Across every sphere, from health to the economy, security to social protection, the impacts of COVID-19 are exacerbated for women and girls simply by virtue of their sex :
- Compounded economic impacts are felt especially by women and girls who are gen-erally earning less, saving less, and holding insecure jobs or living close to poverty.
- While early reports reveal more men are dying as a result of COVID-19, the health of women generally is adversely impacted through the reallocation of resources and priorities, including sex-ual and reproductive health services.
- Unpaid care work has increased, with children out-of-school, heightened care needs of older persons and overwhelmed health services.
- As the COVID-19 pandemic deepens eco-nomic and social stress coupled with restricted movement and social isolation measures, gender-based violence is increasing exponentially. Many women are being forced to ‘lockdown’ at home with their abusers at the same time that services to support survivors are being disrupted or made inaccessible.
- All of these impacts are further ampli-fied in contexts of fragility, conflict, and emergencies where social cohesion is already undermined and institutional capacity and services are limited.
This policy brief focuses on each of these issues in turn, exploring how women and girls’ lives are changing in the face of COVID-19, and outlining suggested priority mea-sures to accompany both the immediate response and longer-term recovery efforts.