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COVID-19 Gender Update

Our goal at UN Women is always to champion gender equality so that every woman and girl can exercise her human rights and live up to her full potential. As the COVID-19 pandemic grips the lives of countless people around the world, that mission will not change. During this time, in lieu of our monthly Generation Equality Action packs, we will centre our updates on the impacts of COVID-19 on women and girls, policy briefs, evidence, data, the stories of courageous women on the front line of this pandemic and the actions you can take to make a difference. As the crisis shows us, gender equality is essential. Generation Equality needs you now more than ever to mobilize, to build solutions, take actions and to spread the word. We thank you for your continued support during these difficult times. And, for each and every one of you on the front lines, we thank you for your resilience and bravery.

Related news: 
  • The Generation Equality Forum has been postponed and will now take place in the first half of 2021. Read more: English | Español | Français 


UN Secretary-General's Policy brief: The impact of COVID-19 on women

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. The UN Secretary-General's policy brief explores how women and girls’ lives are changing in the face of COVID-19, and outlines priority measures to accompany both the immediate response and longer-term recovery efforts. Read more »

Related link:
  • UN Secretary-General: "Put women and girls at the centre of efforts to recover from COVID-19": Statement | Video 
In case you missed it: 


Violence against women and girls: the shadow pandemic

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women

"We see a shadow pandemic growing, of violence against women ... We must not only survive the coronavirus, but emerge renewed, with women as a powerful force at the centre of recovery." 

Read statement: English | Español | Français

Watch video: English | Español | Français

In case you missed it: 

  • Checklist for COVID-19 Response — by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér: English | Español | Français
  • Women and COVID-19: Five Things Governments Can Do Now — by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Anita Bhatia: English | Español | Français

More from around the world: 


Data dive: Emerging gender data and why it matters

UN Women has been closely following the political and economic response to COVID-19 and how it is impacting women and girls. We are working with partners to bridge the gender data gap and deliver a more accurate picture of the gender dimension to the response so that it can be more effective for women and girls. Read more »

Policy Brief: Ending violence against women and girls

This brief highlights emerging evidence of the impact of the recent global pandemic of COVID-19 on violence against women and girls and makes recommendations to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls, at the onset, during, and after the public health crisis. Read more »

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Publication: Family-friendly policies and other good workplace practices in the context of COVID-19

With many businesses struggling to survive as a consequence of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, loss of jobs and income and rising working poverty are a reality for many workers. This document offers (interim) recommendations for employers to mitigate the negative consequences stemming from COVID-19. Read more »

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In a Serbian town, survivors of domestic violence are sewing face masks for those in the front line of COVID-19 response
From where I stand: “I am fearful for smaller countries that have limited resources during COVID-19” 
Video: Today, and everyday, we thank you

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I am Generation Equality: Lee Mi-kyung, overseas aid administrator and women’s rights activist 



At the front line of COVID-19 healthcare, women are doing more—and making less.


The majority of front-line COVID-19 health workers are women, meaning their risk of infection is much higher. Yet women health and social care workers earn 11% less than their male counterparts with similar occupation and same working hours. Check out our social media package for more shareable content. 

For the latest updates on COVID-19 and gender equality, visit UN Women's dedicated In Focus pages:  

GlobalAfrica | Arab States | Asia Pacific | Europe & Central Asia 


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