A primer for parliamentary action: Gender-sensitive responses to COVID-19

Authors/editor(s): Sarah Childs and Sonia Palmieri (authors); Julie Ballington and Gabriella Borovsky (contributors)

This primer highlights practical ways Members of Parliament (MPs) and parliamentary staff can take action to ensure COVID-19 response and recovery decision-making addresses women’s needs. It is informed by the differential impacts of the disease on women as documented to date, and the common needs and challenges expressed by MPs and parliamentary staff adapting to new priorities and ways of working around the world.

A checklist is included to guide MPs and parliamentary staff on gender-sensitive options for COVID-19 response and recovery during and beyond the pandemic.

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Bibliographic information

Subject area(s): COVID-19; Health; Leadership and political participation; Parliamentary development; Political empowerment

Resource type: Best practices; Manuals/guides

UN Women office involved in publication: UN Women Headquarters

Publication year: 2020

Number of pages: 12

Publishing entities: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)