In Focus: Gender equality matters in COVID-19 response

Typhoon Vamco Response under the Women and Girls at the Center of COVID-19 Prevention Project (Philippines). Photo: UN Women/Rash Caritativo
Typhoon Vamco Response under the Women and Girls at the Center of COVID-19 Prevention Project (Philippines). Photo: UN Women/Rash Caritativo

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Since April, COVID-19 cases have skyrocketed in India, placing a severe strain on the health system. Hospitals have run out of beds and oxygen, medication is running low, and there are vaccine shortages. Urgent support is required to provide women access to basic needs.

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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.

As frontline responders, health professionals, community volunteers, transport and logistics managers, scientists and more, women are making critical contributions to address the outbreak every day.

The majority of caregivers, at home and in our communities, are also women.

Additionally, they are at increased risk of infection and loss of livelihood, and existing trends point to less access to sexual and reproductive health and rise in domestic violence during crisis.

UN Women is bringing up-to-date information and analysis on how and why gender matters in COVID-19 response.

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