Authors/editor(s): Lilian N. Unaegbu (UN Women), Peninah Kimiri (CARE) and Suzan Agada (Oxfam)

The ongoing humanitarian crisis in North East Nigeria, driven by the Boko Haram insurgency and the counter-insurgency operations by government and security forces, has left 7.9 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Of these, more than 1.8 million are internally displaced. Borno, Adamawa and Yobe (BAY) States host the highest proportion of internally displaced persons, 54 per cent of them female. The current situation in the most conflict-affected states (the BAY states) presents a major challenge to efforts to mitigate the impact and spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Nigeria. This is due to pre-existing vulnerabilities as well as overcrowded settlements inside and outside internally displaced person (IDP) camps, which make social distancing almost impossible. UN Women, CARE International and Oxfam conducted a joint Rapid Gender Analysis in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States to understand the gender-related and comparative impact of COVID-19 on women, men, boys and girls. The purpose of this Rapid Gender Analysis is to inform the design, programming, implementation and monitoring of humanitarian response towards COVID-19, particularly for the North East region in Nigeria. 

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Geographic coverage: Africa; Nigeria

Subject area(s): Economic empowerment; Ending violence against women and girls; Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Gender statistics; Humanitarian action; Peace and security; Human rights–based approach

Resource type: Briefs

UN Women office involved in publication: Nigeria Country Office

Publication year: 2020

Number of pages: 36

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