In Focus: Gender equality matters in COVID-19 response

Scenes of healthcare workers at Thailand Bamrasnaradura Infectious Disease Institute, Ministry of Public Health.  During this coronavirus outbreak, workforce shortages have gotten worse and nurse-midwives around the world have had to sacrifice in the hospitals around the clock and with limited personal protective equipment.   Photo: UN Women/Pathumporn Thongking
Nurse in full personal protective equipment is collecting body fluid for Covid-19 testing at Thailand's Ministry of Public Health’s Bamradnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute. Photo: UN Women/Pathumporn Thongking

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[stock photo] Photo: Courtesy of Pathumporn Thongking
[stock photo] Photo: Courtesy of Pathumporn Thongking

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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