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COVID-19 Response
In Focus: Gender equality matters in COVID-19 response

The COVID-19 pandemic is not just a health issue. It is a profound shock to our societies and economies, and women are at the heart of care and response efforts underway. UN Women is bringing up-to-date information and analysis on how and why gender matters in COVID-19 response. More

  • The Shadow Pandemic: Violence against women during COVID-19

    The Shadow Pandemic: Violence against women during COVID-19

    Since the outbreak of COVID-19, emerging data and reports from those on the front lines, have shown that all types of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, has intensified. This is the Shadow Pandemic growing amidst the COVID-19 crisis and we need a global collective effort to stop it. More

  • COVID-19 and Gender monitor

    COVID-19 and gender monitor

    Gender must be integrated in COVID-19 response plans, not only to achieve better outcomes for women and girls, but to build stronger and more resilient economies and societies for everyone. Hosted on UN Women’s Data Hub, this dashboard is a compilation of indicators that will inform gender-responsive policy action on COVID-19. It is an inter-agency collaboration that has benefitted from the inputs of ILO, ITU, UNCTAD, UNDP, UN-Habitat, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNODC, UN Women, WFP, WHO and many others. More

  • Toothbrushes and menstrual pads are sorted to pack dignity kits for women in prisons and quarantine centres. Photo: UNFPA El Salvador

    UN Women response to COVID-19 crisis

    UN Women has developed rapid and targeted response to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on women and girls and to ensure that the long-term recovery benefits them. UN Women’s response to COVID-19 includes policy advice and programmatic interventions and is part of the broader UN-wide response. More

  • two women healthcare workers in Barcelona put on protective gear. Photo: Hospital Clínic/Francisco Àvia

    COVID-19: emerging gender data

    The COVID-19 pandemic is causing untold human suffering and is likely to heighten gender-based inequalities around the world. UN Women is working with partners to bridge the gender data gap and deliver a more accurate picture of the gender dimension to the response so that it can be more effective for women and girls. For gender-related data on COVID-19 visit this page. More

  • In Focus: Women and the SDGs

    Gender equality is a right. Fulfilling this right is the best chance we have in meeting some of the most pressing challenges of our time—from economic crisis and lack of health care, to climate change, violence against women and escalating conflicts. Check out new data, stories, videos and more illustrating how and why gender equality matters across all the Sustainable Development Goals. More

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  • COVID-19 and conflict: Advancing women’s meaningful participation in ceasefires and peace processes

    COVID-19 and conflict: Advancing women’s meaningful participation in ceasefires and peace processes
    This brief addresses the importance of women’s full, equal, and meaningful participation to an effective pandemic response and to peacemaking efforts, and how the women, peace and security (WPS) agenda can provide a critical framework for inclusive decision-making and sustainable solutions.

  • Policy brief: The impact of COVID-19 on women

    Policy brief: The impact of COVID-19 on women
    Across every sphere, from health to the economy, security to social protection, the impacts of COVID-19 are exacerbated for women and girls simply by virtue of their sex. This policy brief explores how women and girls’ lives are changing in the face of COVID-19, and outlines suggested priority measures to accompany both the immediate response and longer-term recovery efforts.

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Charting the future: more equal, inclusive and sustainable
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. Photo: Kea Taylor.

In her remarks at the closing of the 64th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlighted the need to work together to continue implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, and put gender perspectives centre-stage in order to build back better. More

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Nicole Kidman: "Play your role in ending violence against women"

UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and Academy-Award winning actor Nicole Kidman raises awareness on ending violence against women during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.