CGIAR Gender




While COVID-19 pandemic has affected the livelihoods of billions worldwide, the economic fallout of the crisis is being acutely felt by women whose jobs are more likely to be temporary and part-time than their male counterparts. As the extended shutdowns slow economies, women are bearing the brunt of layoffs and job losses, particularly in South Asia where women account for more than half…

Food Insecurity Risks Greater for Women in COVID-19 Crisis

Unless swift action is taken, the COVID-19 pandemic could push an estimated 265 million people into acute food insecurity in 2020, according to World Food Programme projections. Millions and millions of these people will be women. And according to a new, globally applicable measure developed by the World Food Programme and Gallup, women are likely to be affected differently than…

Speakers - How Business Can Suport Women in Times of Crisis

COVID-19: How Business Can Support Women in Times of Crisis

This session covered steps businesses can take to respect and support the rights and lives of women and girls during the COVID-19 pandemic. Speakers: – H.E Margaret Kobia, Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for the Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs – Ann Cairns, Vice Chairman, Mastercard – Lise Kingo, CEO & Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact

Debate: Should gender analysis be embedded in epidemic responses?

In this special SciDev.Net debate, panelists considered: Are more men dying of COVID-19 than women? Are women at greater risk of violence in lockdown? In stretched health systems, who will receive priority care and who could miss out? Do diagnostics, treatments and vaccine trials take gender into consideration? Does personal protective equipment keep everyone equally safe? And why is sex disaggregated data…

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The coronavirus is not gender-blind, nor should we be

By now most of us have experienced firsthand how the new coronavirus, COVID-19, impacts our lives  – our ability to leave home, work, go to school, or access public services. And yet, these impacts are not the same for everyone. Previous epidemics, such as HIV-AIDS, SARS, H1N1, and Ebola, have shown that the most vulnerable – be they countries, communities, households…

City health workers at a checkpoint in Mumbai during India's current coronavirus lockdown.

Why gender matters in COVID-19 responses – now and in the future

Controlling the COVID-19 pandemic in low- and middle-income countries will require applying basic health, hygiene, and physical distancing measures well. Daily implementation of these will largely depend on women, but they face many obstacles men do not. Neha Kumar, Agnes Quisumbing, Ruth Meinzen-Dick, and Claudia Ringler provide lessons and evidence on how women can be empowered to play these roles…