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It is a living document that draws upon the knowledge and experience of a wide range of experts who support solutions to end violence against women and girls, attentive to the country context in which the crisis is occurring.
Everjoy Mahuku; Kalkidan Lakew Yihun; Karl Deering (et al.)
Women and men, girls and boys, urban and rural populations in East, Central and Southern Africa are being impacted by the
COVID-19 pandemic. Immediate impacts at the time of this research center around reduced income and
access to basic needs due to government lockdowns, changing gender roles in households, and increased
gender-based violence. The COVID-19 pandemic in East, Central and Southern Africa is currently exacerbating socio-economic
issues, with women bearing the largest burden of caring for their families while also seeking to lead
communities in prevention and adaptation. Gender-based inequality is extensive in the region.
Women are at a higher risk for exposure to infection
due to the fact that they are often the primary caregivers
in the family and constitute most of frontline healthcare
responders. Women and girls are at increased risk of violence
during the COVID-19 period. Further, women are more likely to lose income as many
are in the informal sector.
N. van Gelder; Amber Peterman; Alina Potts
Disease outbreaks affect women and men differently, and pandemics make existing inequalities for women and girls and discrimination of other marginalized groups such as persons with disabilities and those in extreme poverty, worse. This needs to be considered, given the different impacts surrounding detection and access to treatment for women and men. Women represent 70 percent of the health and social sector workforce globally and special attention should be given to how their work environment may expose them to discrimination, as well as thinking about their sexual and reproductive health and psychosocial needs as frontline health workers.
UNICEF Innocenti's Children and COVID-19 Library is a database collecting research from around the world on COVID-19 and its impacts on children and adolescents.
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