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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response


Countries around the world are working to contain the spread and impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Evidence from outbreaks similar to COVID-19 indicates that women and girls can be affected in particular ways, and in some areas, face more negative impacts than men. In fact, there is a risk that gender gaps could widen during and after the pandemic and that gains in women’s and girls’ accumulation of human capital, economic empowerment and voice and agency, built over the past decades, could be reversed.  The World Bank Group is working to ensure that projects responding to COVID-19 consider the pandemic's different impacts on men and women.


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NEW: Impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on adolescent pregnancy and school dropout among secondary schoolgirls in KenyaBMJ Journal
NEW: How Firms are Responding and Adapting During COVID-19 and Recovery : Opportunities for Accelerated Inclusion in Emerging MarketsInternational Finance Corporation
NEW: The Gendered Impacts of COVID-19 on Labor Markets in Latin America and the CaribbeanWorld Bank Group
NEW: Sharing Responsibility through Joint Decision Making and Implications for Intimate-Partner Violence : Evidence from 12 Sub-Saharan African CountriesWorld Bank Group
NEW: Female-owned Firms during the COVID-19 CrisisWorld Bank Group
Gender and COVID-19 : What have we learnt, one year later ?World Bank Group
Impacts of COVID-19 on Labor Markets and Household Well-Being in Pakistan : Evidence From an Online Job PlatformWorld Bank Group
COVID-19 and Women-Led MSMEs in sub-Saharan AfricaInternational Finance Corporation
The impact of COVID-19 childcare closures and women's labour supplyCEPR
Adolesence in the Time of COVID-19: Evidence from BangladeshWorld Bank Group
Pandemics and Violence against Women and ChildrenCenter for Global Development 
Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Violence against Women and GirlsUKAid
Gender implications of COVID-19 outbreaks in development and humanitarian settingsCARE 
The COVID-19 Outbreak and Gender: Key Advocacy Points from Asia and the PacificAsia-Pacific Gender in Humanitarian Action Working Group
Coronavirus Guidance Note: One maternal death is one too manyUNFPA Asia-Pacific Regional Office
What are the risks of COVID-19 infection in pregnant women?The Lancet
Addressing sex and gender in epidemic-prone infectious diseasesWorld Health Organization  
Interim Guidance – Gender Alert for COVID-19 OutbreakThe Inter-Agency Standing Committee 


NEW: The World Bank in Asia: An assessment of COVID-19-related investments through a care lens. Care-responsive investments and development financeOxfam
NEW: Impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and unpaid care work on informal workers’ livelihoodsILO
NEW: Strengthening gender measures and data in the COVID-19 era: An urgent need for changeWorld Bank Group
NEW: Financial Inclusion, Women, and Building Back BetterWorld Bank Group
NEW: Building Back Better from COVID-19 : Boosting Women’s EntrepreneurshipWorld Bank Group
NEW: Gender and Safety Nets : Priorities for Building Back BetterWorld Bank Group
NEW: Gender Based Violence in EmergenciesGender Based Violence AoR
COVID-19 resources to address gender-based violence risksGender-Based Violence Guidelines 
COVID-19 resources (includes country-level action plans)Gender-Based Violence Area of Responsibility
Live data tracker: sex-disaggregated COVID-19 data from the 25 most-affected countriesGlobal Health 5050
Gender and Data resources related to Covid-19Data2X
United Nations Population Fund FAQs and Technical BriefsUNFPA
Family-friendly policies and other good workplace practices in the context of COVID-19: Key Steps employers can takeUNWOMEN 
COVID-19: Emerging gender data and why it mattersUNWOMEN 
UNDP Gender and Recovery Toolkit: Advancing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Crisis and Recovery SettingsUnited Nations Development Programme 
COVID-19 and violence against women What the health sector/system can doWorld Health Organization

Last Updated: Dec 14, 2021

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