Interim Guidance | Gender alert for COVID-19 outbreak
Lessons from past outbreaks show that gender analysis and gender-sensitive responses are crucial to boosting the access and acceptability of humanitarian services designed to cater to the distinct needs of women and girls, as well as of men and boys and members of the LGBTI community.
Pre-existing forms of gender inequality and gender norms disproportionately affect women and girls during emergencies. Factors such as gender age, sexual orientation and gender identity, ethnicity, disability, education, employment and geographical location may overlap to further complicate individual experiences in times of crisis.
Prepared by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Reference Group for Gender in Humanitarian Action, this document enumerates gendered impacts that have resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic. It also includes minimum standards for integrating gender equality into preparedness and response planning process, and cluster programme priorities for a gender-integrated response.
- Recognising the extent to which the COVID-19 outbreaks affects women and men differently is hugely important.
- Women are more likely to be front-line health workers or health facility service-staff and as such they are more likely to be exposed to the virus.
- In most locations, norms dictate that women and girls are the main caretakers of the household.
- Women are also more likely to be engaged in short-term, part-time and other precarious employments/
- Overwhelmed health services, reduced mobility and diverted funding will likely hamper women and girl’s access
to health services, including sexual and reproductive health, GBV survivor care, HIV/AIDS treatment and attended childbirth and other natal services, exacerbating preventable maternal deaths.
- Gender alert for COVID-19 outbreak
- Gendered impacts
- Integrating gender into COVID-19 response plans and the inclusion of women and girls as decision makers
- Minimum standards for integrating gender equality into preparedness and response planning process
- Cluster programme priorities for a gender-integrated response
- Camp management
- Action points for camp management and coordination
- Action points for shelter
- Health care
- Action points for health care
- Action points for protection
- Food security and nutrition
- Action points for food security and nutrition
- Non-food items (nfi)
- Action points for non-food items and shelter
- Water and sanitation
- Action points for wash
- Action points for education
- Action points for livelihoods
- Camp management
This document was originally published on the IASC website.