Advocacy Statement

Five Actions for Gender Equality in the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Response

Published by
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Published
Topic(s)
Gender
Violence - Gender Based Violence
Emergency - Health

UNICEF is committed to ensuring gender equality is at the heart of our COVID-19 response, especially as it pertains to front-line service delivery, system-strengthening support, and advocacy and communications. We continue to work alongside our United Nations sister agencies, government partners, civil society collaborators and private-sector allies.

To that end, UNICEF prioritizes five core programmatic and advocacy actions that recognize the public health, social and economic consequences of this pandemic:

  1. Care for caregivers.
  2. Prepare for increases in gender-based violence throughout the COVID-19 outbreak.
  3. Maintain core health and education services and systems.
  4. Engage women's and youth rights networks to support connectivity and the flow of vital information.
  5. Ensure gender data are available, analyzed and actionable.