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UN Women – United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

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New Jersey’s first COVID-19 Community-Based Testing Site opened on March 20, 2020, at Bergen Community College in Paramus. Photo: Edwin J. Torres for the New Jersey Governor’s Office
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

  • 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

  • The Shadow Pandemic: Violence against women and girls and COVID-19

    Infographic: The shadow pandemic - violence against women and girls and COVID-19

    In times of crisis, violence against women and girls is likely to increase as security, health, and money worries heighten tensions and strains are accentuated by cramped and confined living conditions. More

  • Åsa Regnér, Deputy Executive Director, Intergovernmental Support and Strategic Partnerships Bureau, UN Women

    Checklist for COVID-19 response by Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér

    As governments respond to the global COVID-19 crisis under huge pressures to act fast, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér calls on leaders and decision-makers to answer 10 key questions about how their responses and policies will include and impact women and girls. More

  • UN Women Deputy Executive Director Anita Bhatia poses for a photo. Photo: UN Women/Bundit Chotsuwan

    Women and COVID-19: Five things governments can do now

    UN Women Deputy Executive Director Anita Bhatia takes a look at how impacts of COVID-19 are hitting women hardest, and how governments around the world can address these issues. More

  • Gender Equality

    Gender equality: Women’s rights in review 25 years after Beijing

    Marking the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action, as well as the first time that progress on the implementation of the Platform is reviewed in light of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, this report takes an integrated approach to reporting on progress, gaps, and challenges related to the advancement of gender equality and women’s rights. More

  • Generation Equality Forum

    Announcement: Generation Equality Forum postponed

    As the situation surrounding COVID-19 evolves, the number of people around the world affected by this disease continues to increase. In light of this crisis, the Generation Equality Forum will be postponed until the first half of 2021. The new dates will be announced in the coming months. 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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  • 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.

  • Issue brief: COVID-19 and ending violence against women and girls

    COVID-19 and ending violence against women and girls
    This brief highlights emerging evidence of the impact of the recent global pandemic of COVID-19 on violence against women and girls. It makes recommendations to be considered by all sectors of society, from governments to international organizations and to civil society organizations, in order to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls.

  • Family-friendly policies and other good workplace practices in the context of COVID-19: Key steps employers can take

    Family-friendly policies and other good workplace practices in the context of COVID-19: Key steps employers can take
    This document offers (interim) recommendations for employers to mitigate the negative consequences stemming from COVID-19.

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Violence against women and girls: the shadow pandemic
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. Photo: Kea Taylor.

With 90 countries in lockdown and four billion people sheltering at home from the global contagion of COVID-19, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlights another deadly danger growing in the shadows: violence against women and girls. More

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Women on the frontlines of COVID-19

During crises like the COVID-19 pandemic, women make essential contributions as leaders and frontline responders. Millions of women in the health and social sector work tirelessly every day to care for all of us. Today, we thank you.