News & Analysis: Gender impacts

Prioritizing Gender Equality on the Path to Recovery

“Economic support programs have thus far failed to sufficiently address issues of economic empowerment, increased unpaid care burdens facing women in particular, and other direct and indirect gendered impacts of the crisis.”

via African Center for Economic Transformation

COVID-19 raises fears of increased women mortality rate

“In the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, curfews imposed in certain African countries made it difficult for pregnant women to reach clinics and/or hospitals after curfew time.”

via Anadolu Agency

Hustle at the Border for Zimbabwean Traders

On top of missed income opportunities caused by the freeze of productive activities, many women traders in Zimbabwe suffered economic losses from goods that have remained unsold and, in many cases, gone to waste because of their perishable nature.

via COVID HQ Africa

Lessons from the past: Protecting women and girls from violence during COVID-19

“A gender perspective is essential to health interventions because it anchors them in human rights and safety. But it also contributes to more effective and equitable pandemic control policies.”

via The Conversation

In Ghana, fears over pandemic rise in teenage pregnancies

“Activists estimate that nearly one woman in seven in the country becomes pregnant before the age of 19. And, they say, anecdotal evidence suggests the numbers soared last year after the authorities closed schools to help curb the spread of COVID-19.”

via AFP

COVID-19 threats facing women are daunting. We cannot be afraid of the challenge

“We’ve just spent the past year building COVAX, a global solution to a global problem. The same principles of solidarity that are delivering COVID-19 vaccines across the world can also deliver on gender equality.”

via Devex

Putting girls at the center of the COVID-19 pandemic response in Africa

“Every day, adolescent girls in sub-Saharan Africa face barriers caused by cultural norms, practices, and biases that limit their access to economic and social opportunities relative to boys, including health care and education services. COVID-19 has exacerbated these challenges, with girls and women disproportionately affected by the economic impacts and disruptions in core services caused by pandemics.”

via Brookings Institution

COVID-19 affects men and women differently. It’s important to track the data.

“Data by sex on hospitalisations is important because it helps to provide an understanding of severe illness that can inform preventive public health activities. It also helps to inform public health policy and actions when it comes to funding and supply decisions.”

via The Conversation

State of the Kenyan economy: Focus on the impact of COVID-19 on women and education

“We continue to see the gendered impact of COVID-19 with economic pressure leading women to sell assets, forgo meals and work more to generate income. Domestic conflict remains elevated and women and girls remain victims of physical and sexual violence, resulting in unwanted pregnancies especially among girls.”

via FSD Kenya

The SDGs are our compass for bolstering Africa’s long-term COVID-19 recovery

“COVID-19 presents us with an opportunity to re-imagine a better future through our response—a fairer and more equal world. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which is aligned with the African Union Agenda 2063, remains the best framework for doing just that.”

via Brookings Institution