Advocacy Statement

The COVID-19 Outbreak and Gender: Key Advocacy Points from Asia and the Pacific

Advocacy brief on the emerging gender impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and recommendations for gender-sensitive interventions. Recommendations include, but are not limited to:

  • Disaggregate data related to the outbreak by sex, age, and disability
  • Ground country strategic plans for preparedness and response in strong gender analysis, taking into account gendered roles, responsibilities, and dynamics
  • Strengthen the leadership and meaningful participation of women and girls in all decision-making processes in addressing the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Ensure that women have access to information about how to prevent and respond to COVID-19
  • Ensure human rights are central to the response
  • Train first responders on how to handle disclosures of GBV