Pre-existing gender gaps risk intensifying the adverse effects of COVID-19. It is important to understand the different ways that the pandemic and accompanying economic crisis may affect gender equality outcomes.
Women make up 70% of the health care workforce globally. They represent an even higher proportion in the social care sector, are often the primary caregivers at home and are crucial mobilizing forces within their communities when it comes to access to health care. However, they hold just 25% of health leadership roles globally, and as few as 5% of senior positions in the Global South.
If we are to deliver health for all, it is crucial for us to apply a gender lens in our policies and interventions, both in our response to COVID-19 and in the many challenges that will emerge in its aftermath. First and foremost, this means that no decisions should be made about women without women and a recognition of the role women play in filling the health worker shortage worldwide.
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NHS Confederation | COVID-19 and the female health and care workforce (updated).
The Lancet – COVID-19 | the gendered impacts of the outbreak.
BMJ Global Health | Sex, gender and COVID-19: Disaggregated data and health disparities.
The Lancet | COVID-19 has “devastating” effect on women and girls.
Harvard Gender Action Portal | Utilizing evidence-based research to incorporate a gendered lens for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Center for Global Development | How Will COVID-19 Affect Women and Girls in Low- and Middle-Income Countries?
The Lancet | Reordering gender systems: can COVID-19 lead to improved gender equality and health?
Gender and Development Network | COVID-19 Response.
Global Health 50/50 | COVID19.
World Bank | The coronavirus is not gender-blind, nor should we be.
Think Global Health | Gender and the Coronavirus Outbreak.
UN Women | Paying attention to women’s needs and leadership will strengthen COVID-19 response.
World Economic Forum | The coronavirus fallout may be worse for women than men. Here’s why.
Project Syndicate | A Gender Lens for COVID-19.
Guttmacher Institute | The COVID-19 Outbreak: Potential Fallout for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.
The Wall Street Journal | The Anxiety of Being Pregnant During the Coronavirus Pandemic.
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