Women and girls are heavily affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Women tend to have the most precarious and less well-paid jobs, putting them more at risk of income loss and economic hardship. Women are on the frontline as they represent 70% of the health and social workforce. Quarantine measures imposed as a response to the pandemic are exacerbating women’s and girls’ caretaking responsibilities due to traditional gender roles. Confinement also puts women and girls at heightened risk of domestic and sexual violence, including early and unintended pregnancy and early and forced marriage, with little or no access to essential protection services and social networks.
Challenges with accessing sexual and reproductive health services – including contraception, safe abortion, maternal healthcare and HIV medications – and the scaling down of some health services, including community-based services, further exacerbate the risks to girls’ and women’s health and lives. SRHR services are essential, emergency and potentially life-saving services and must continue to be provided during the crisis.
Authorities must recognise that the outbreak affects women and girls disproportionately and that if adequate measures are not taken, there is a serious risk of losing the progress made over women’s and girls’ rights. All responses to the crisis must adopt an intersectional and gender-sensitive response to the crisis and women and girls must be part of all decision-making processes to ensure their perspectives are heard and needs are met.
Center for Reproductive Rights
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- 14 April 2020 [Joint civil society statement: Polish Parliament Must Reject Regressive Proposals on Sexual and Reproductive Rights
- 9 April 2020 News in brief on COVID-19& SRHR in Europe
- 8 April 2020 [Joint civil society statement: European governments must ensure safe and timely access to abortion care during the COVID-19 pandemic
- 3 April 2020 Abortion is Essential Healthcare
End FGM European Network
- 2 April 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic putting girls at high risk of FGM in Kenya
- 30 March 2020 Covid-19 Update
- 17 March 2020 Covid-19 update: Gender ABC project
- 22 April 2020 (Joint Statement) European governments must ensure safe and timely access to abortion care during the COVID-19 pandemic
International Commission of Jurists (ICJ)
- 23 April 2020 Gender Based Violence during the COVID-19 Pandemic and economic, social and cultural rights
- 14 April 2020 Amid COVID-19 crisis, Polish parliament must reject regressive proposals on sexual and reproductive rights
- 9 April 2020 European governments must ensure safe and timely access to abortion care during the COVID-19 pandemic
- 7 April 2020 South Africa: authorities must work urgently to curb gender-based violence under lockdown
- 6 April 2020 State measures to address COVID-19 must be gender responsive
IPPF European Network
- 14 April 2020 Polish ruling party exploits the current health crisis to undermine women and young people’s safety
- 7 April 2020 Joint civil society statement on the impact of COVID on access to abortion in Europe: press release here, and statement here.
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