Call to Action: Now and the Future COVID-19 and Gender Equality, Global Peace and Security

Authored by: Gender Action for Peace and Security

Categories: Global Public Health
Sub-Categories: COVID-19, Economic Participation, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), Sexual and Reproductive Health
Year: 2020
Citation: “Call to Action: Now and the Future COVID-19 and Gender Equality, Global Peace and Security.” Gender Action for Peace and Security, 2020.

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Executive Summary

The impact of COVID-19 is deeply gendered. A rights-based approach and gender-conflict analysis must therefore be at the centre of global response and recovery. This must assess not only the virus’s disproportionate impact on people, communities and countries based on their intersecting identities, including gender, race, ethnicity, disability, class, age and social-economic status; but also takes into account how this pandemic is impacting conflict dynamics which are also gendered in themselves. The Women, Peace and Security agenda provides an essential framework for analysing and responding to COVID-19. Through UNSCR 1325 and its associated resolutions, the International Community – including governments, donors, multilateral institutions and INGOs – have already committed to taking a gendered approach to conflict and crises. This also applies to COVID-19, all responses should therefore ensure the implementation of existing commitments on gender equality and women and girls’ rights that have been made.