A health crisis has a deep impact on anyone, but especially on those women who makes up 70 percent of health social sector workers, women and girls who are subject to gender-based violence (GBV) and girls who already facing troubles in their education.
UNICEF collected 5 core actions for gender equality:
- Care for caregivers:
- Provide adequate support (childcare, health services, other social support) for frontline responders.
- Share responsibilities at home.
- Family-friendly policies by employers.
- Prepare for increases in GBV:
- Know how to handle situations.
- Help amplify existing hotlines and other support mechanisms.
- Let victims know where they can get help.
- Maintain core health and education services and systems:
- Prioritize education for adolescent girls.
- Ensure the continuity of education and health services.
- Engage women’s and youth rights network for connectivity and vital information:
- Facilitate interconnectedness and empowerment (digital learning)
- Ensure the participation of girls and women in all decision-making processes and service delivery.
- Flexible resources.
- Ensure gender data are available, analysed and actionable:
- Look at sex, age and disability data together to show impacts of COVID-19.
- Coverage needs to talk about the increase in GBV.
- Talk about services available to support survivors.
Important to face the effect of the crisis and make the best effort to help anyone in need.