Gender equality matters in COVID-19 response

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, according to UN Women in this report.

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.

During crises, women are hit harder. Globally, women make up 70 per cent of workers in the health and social sector and women do three times as much unpaid care work as men.

They are at increased risk of infection, domestic violence and loss of livelihood and have less access to sexual and reproductive health services as healthcare systems become overstretched. Lend your support by donating now.  

UN Women is working closely with WHO, UN agencies and UN Country Teams along with its partners to strengthen our coordinated response to this outbreak. We are leveraging our relationships with women-led organisations to advance women’s voice and decision-making in all aspects of preparedness and response.

Stay up-to-date with UN Women on how and why gender matters in COVID-19 response: English | French | Spanish 
You may also like to read: COVID-19: Women front and centre

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