Putting women at the forefront of the COVID-19 response in Europe and Central Asia

Authored by: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

Categories: Global Public Health
Sub-Categories: COVID-19, Democratization and Political Participation, Economic Participation, Human Development, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), Sexual and Reproductive Health
Region: Europe and Eurasia
Year: 2020
Citation: “Putting Women at the Forefront of the COVID-19 Response in Europe and Central Asia.” United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, 2020.

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Executive Summary

COVID-19 is causing an unprecedented crisis that is disrupting lives, health, economies and societies. It has altered perceptions of safety and security for millions of people in social isolation, particularly women. The pandemic is the greatest socioeconomic shock since World War II.

COVID-19 is not just a health crisis, it is a humanitarian and development crisis with the worst impact expected in fragile contexts and conflict settings. Evidence shows that the impacts and implications of COVID-19 are different for women and men, and that they are exacerbating existing gender inequalities and posing an additional burden for women and girls.

Against this background, the publication provides an overview of UN Women’s response, solutions and approach to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe and Central Asia region.