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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…