COVID-19 & Gender: Building Forward Better on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Eritrea

Authored by: Pauliina Noranta et al.

Categories: Global Public Health, Human Rights, Humanitarian Emergencies
Sub-Categories: Access to Justice and Rule of Law, Democratization and Political Participation, Economic Participation, Economic Recovery, Human Development, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), Sexual and Reproductive Health
Country: Eritrea
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa
Year: 2021
Citation: Noranta, Pauliina et al. "COVID-19 & Gender: Building Forward Better on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in Eritrea." United Nations Development Programme. March 2021.

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Executive Summary

This brief explores the work of the UN in Eritrea to complement the government’s efforts to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment. It outlines the challenges and risks related to the global COVID-19 pandemic to gender equality in Eritrea, which could inform the formulation and implementation of the UN Eritrea Socio-Economic assessment Recovery Plan (SERP). The brief presents ways in which the negative impacts of COVID-19 can be responded to in a gender-sensitive and women-empowering fashion, according to the SDGs, to ‘build back better.’ It sets out recommendations on ensuring gender equality in the recovery process, focusing on women’s empowerment in the decision-making processes related to COVID-19 response and economic development. It guides the planning and preparation of a forward-looking response to COVID-19 in Eritrea.