News & Analysis: Gender impacts

Nigeria to Boost Support for Keeping Adolescent Girls in School

“The World Bank Board of Directors approved today a $500 million credit from the International Development Association for the Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment, whose goal is to improve secondary education opportunities among girls in targeted areas.”

via World Bank

World Bank Continuous Support to Empower Zambia’s Women, Girls, and the Poorest Households

“Earlier this month, the Zambian government and the World Bank have signed a credit agreement for additional financing to support the Girls Education and Women’s Empowerment Project.”

via World Bank

‘We were beaten’: 20 LGBTQ+ Ugandans file lawsuit over alleged torture

“Twenty LGBTQ+ men and women have filed lawsuits against the Ugandan authorities over alleged torture after they were arrested and imprisoned on charges related to the coronavirus lockdown.”

via The Guardian

From hunger to abuse: Seven women tell us how COVID-19 has devastated their lives

“More men than women may have contracted COVID-19 around the world, but experts have warned that the pandemic may set gender equality back by decades.”

via Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism

Interview with Dr. Natasha Kaoma: Maintaining Community Work and Reproductive Health Efforts during the Pandemic

Dr. Natasha Kaoma, CEO of Copper Rose Zambia, an NGO working on issues of adolescent sexual and reproductive health, speaks to COVID-19 Africa Watch about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted her organization’s work.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Understanding drivers of resilience in Northern Kenya in the time of COVID-19

“In a context of increasing income diversification and dependence on markets, COVID-19 presents a new kind of shock that hits at the heart of more recent development pathways, especially for populations like the women who benefit from graduation programmes.”

via FSD Kenya

The Pandemic’s Toll on Women

“If policymakers ignore the ways that the disease and its impacts are affecting men and women differently, they risk prolonging the crisis and slowing economic recovery.”

via Foreign Affairs

Gender and the early effects of the COVID-19 crisis in the paid and unpaid economies in South Africa

“We find that women have been more severely affected than men in the early phase of the crisis in South Africa, namely the ‘hard’ lockdown period. Net job losses between February and April 2020 were higher for women than for men, with women accounting for two-thirds of the total net job losses.”


Interview with Gwen K. Young: Gender Impacts of COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa

Gwen K. Young, President of Balance Up Leadership, talks to COVID-19 Africa Watch about COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on women and what governments and others can do to develop response plans that promote women’s economic and social wellbeing.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

LGBTQ+ people left out by exclusionary COVID-19 aid practices

“Much focus has been on gender-based violence: how this pandemic might impact women and girls, as well as worsen situations of domestic violence. Rights groups, however, have pointed out that the LGBTQ+ community – and its particular vulnerabilities – have been excluded from many of these discussions.”

via The New Humanitarian