From insights to action: Gender equality in the wake of COVID-19

Authors/editor(s): Ginette Azcona, Antra Bhatt, Jessamyn Encarnacion, Juncal Plazaola-Castaño, Papa Seck, Silke Staab, and Laura Turquet

The impacts of crises are never gender-neutral, and COVID‑19 is no exception.

This publication summarizes data, research, and policy work by UN Women’s Policy and Programme Division on the pandemic’s impact on women and girls, including the impact on extreme poverty, employment, health, unpaid care, and violence against women and girls. The publication also brings into focus the paucity of gender data and calls for greater investment and prioritization of data on the gendered effects of the crisis.

The report draws on the UN Secretary-General’s policy brief on the impact of COVID-19 on women, UN Women’s “Spotlight on gender, COVID-19 and the SDGs”, UN Women thematic policy briefs focused on COVID-19, as well emerging data from UN Women’s rapid gender assessments. New estimates on extreme poverty by sex and age presented in the publication are the outcome of a UN Women–UNDP collaboration with the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures at the University of Denver.

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Bibliographic information

Subject area(s): COVID-19; Domestic violence/interpersonal violence; Economic empowerment; Ending violence against women and girls; Gender data gaps; Gender statistics; Health; Poverty

Resource type: Assessments

UN Women office involved in publication: UN Women Headquarters

Publication year: 2020

Number of pages: 14

ISBN/ISSN: 978-92-1-005339-6

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