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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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Impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on adolescent pregnancy and school dropout among secondary schoolgirls in KenyaBMJ Journal
How Firms are Responding and Adapting During COVID-19 and Recovery : Opportunities for Accelerated Inclusion in Emerging MarketsInternational Finance Corporation
The Gendered Impacts of COVID-19 on Labor Markets in Latin America and the CaribbeanWorld Bank Group
Sharing Responsibility through Joint Decision Making and Implications for Intimate-Partner Violence : Evidence from 12 Sub-Saharan African CountriesWorld Bank Group
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 


Last Updated: Dec 14, 2021

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