Gender in the framework of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in West and Central Africa

The coronavirus  (COVID-19)epidemic,  which  started  in  the  Chinese  city  Wuhan  (Hubei  province)  at  the  end  of  2019 has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO) January 30th, 2020. In this context, the R-GTG wishes to contribute to the efforts in progress to confront the current pandemic by sharing this note with the Coordinators residing in the region with the intention of encouraging and proposing tools to improve the  consideration  of  the  gender  issue  in  the  response  to  COVID-19.  In  this  respect,  it  addresses  the  main  risks connected to gender when considering the pandemic and makes a specific number of recommendations to respond to it.

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Geographic coverage: Africa; Congo, Democratic Republic of the; Nigeria; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Liberia; Mali; Cameroon; Central African Republic

Subject area(s): Crisis response and recovery; Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Gender statistics; Economic empowerment; Ending violence against women and girls; COVID-19

Resource type: Briefs

UN Women office involved in publication: West and Central Africa Regional Office

Publication year: 2020

Number of pages: 6

Publishing entities: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)