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Guidance Note for Action: Women as a force for accelerated and inclusive economic recovery post-COVID-19 in Asia-Pacific

UN Women

2020

Asia Pacific

Briefing Note

Women's economic empowerment covid-19 covid-19 response covid-19 recovery

Guidance Note for Action: Women as a force for accelerated and inclusive economic recovery post-COVID-19 in Asia-Pacific

Guidance Note for Action: Women as a force for accelerated and inclusive economic recovery post-COVID-19 in Asia-Pacific

To ensure rapid and inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 crisis in the Asia Pacific, women’s economic empowerment is necessary. This brief introduces a strong gender perspective to the COVID-19 crisis and response and provides recommendations on how to apply a gender-responsive approach to the post-pandemic challenges to ensure accelerated, inclusive and sustainable recovery.

Highlights

  • Women are taking the bigger socio-economic hit from the global pandemic.
  • Women are disproportionately affected because they are most exposed to risks at both health and economic levels.
  • Challenges brought on by COVID-19 add to the obstacles facing the already difficult progress on the Sustainable Development Goals and disrupting the movement of labour and supply chains on which much of the region’s economic strength depends.
  • Women workers, including women migrant workers of which there are 34 million in Asia and the Pacific, play a crucial role in services and labour-intensive manufacturing as well as in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and in the informal sector.
  • With household members confined at home, there is also a heightened risk of domestic violence and sexual abuse.
  • There is a risk that the aftermath of the pandemic could see a backsliding of the recent years’ gains in gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Contents

  • What is the issue?
  • THE HIT ON THE ECONOMY IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
  • THE RISK OF SLIDING BACK ON GENDER EQUALITY
  • RECOVERY EFFORTS MUST INCLUDE WOMEN’S PARTICIPATION AND LEADERSHIP
  • UN WOMEN’S APPROACH
  • CALL FOR ACTION
    • Recommendations for all actors responding to COVID-19 in Asia and the Pacific
  • GUIDANCE NOTES FOR ACTION
  • PARTNERING WITH UN WOMEN DURING THE TIME OF COVID-19

 

This document was originally published on the UN Women website.

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