CGIAR Gender News

Shaping a gender-inclusive COVID-19 response in aquatic food systems

Fish vendor Photo: Asian Development Bank

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced the world into lockdown, governments and development organizations struggled to mitigate the unequal socioeconomic repercussions on different populations. 

Containment measures sorely hit some populaces more than others with varying knock-on effects. This is why disaggregated data, which separates data along demographic lines, must be made available when crafting policy responses.

This is particularly true for sex and gender data, which is needed to reveal women and men’s different experiences during COVID-19 and adequately respond to their relative challenges.  

A new WorldFish report, The importance of sex-disaggregated and gender data to a gender-inclusive COVID-19 response in the aquatic food systemspublished as a chapter in the book Gender, Food and COVID-19, thus argues the importance of using sex-disaggregated data to alleviate the gendered impacts of the pandemic in aquatic food systems.