COVID-19 and the Impacts on Women

Authored by: S. Nanthini and Tamara Nair

Categories: Global Public Health, Human Rights, Humanitarian Emergencies
Sub-Categories: COVID-19, Economic Recovery, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), Sexual and Reproductive Health, UN Resolutions
Region: No Region
Year: 2020
Citation: Nanthini, S. and Tamara Nair. "COVID-19 and the Impacts on Women." Nanyang Technological University. August 2020.

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Executive Summary

In this time of compounding global crisis, the world needs to come together to not only fight the pandemic but to also preserve our commitments to certain shared beliefs. One of these is the eradication of gender inequality even in the midst of this humanitarian crisis. Undoubtedly, COVID-19 has a disproportionate impact on people, especially as a result of their genders, disabilities, ethnicities, socio-economic class, race and even age. In addition, how these disadvantages play out in complex emergencies, pandemic-conflict or pandemic-natural hazards dynamics for instance, should also be of great concern to leaders. When it comes to differentiated impacts, women bear a disproportionate load of the adverse impacts of the pandemic. Our commitments to gender equality and women’s rights should be upheld, more than ever, during this global pandemic.